Singapore to publicly trial autonomous buses booked via app

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  • High-Tech Singapore has now become a testing place for unmanned mass transit.
  • The country announced its plans of having driverless buses on the roads back in 2017.
  • The four mini-buses will follow a 5.7-kilometer route on the resort island of Sentosa from August 26 till November 15 for public trial.
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High-Tech Singapore has now become a testing place for unmanned mass transit and offers driverless buses for the public trial. The country announced its plans of having driverless buses on the roads back in 2017. The first public trial of driverless taxis was launched in Singapore by a US software firm beating the rival Uber in the year 2016.

The four mini-buses will follow a 5.7-kilometer route on the resort island of Sentosa from August 26 till November 15 for public trial, ST Engineering – the Singapore company was quoted as saying. The autonomous bus will comprise of a suite of sensors, like the laser, the radar, and the fusion of the information together allows the autonomous bus to about where it was and where is it going, AFP reported.

Two vehicles, this Tuesday, demonstrated with a little difficulty and stopped at intersections on the main road to allow other vehicles to pass. These buses are equipped with advanced multi-sensor technology and specially designed to operate in complex urban environments, stated Vincent Chong – the president and chief executive of ST Engineering.

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The visitors can use an online app on the cellphones to book the shuttles. The buses will move the passengers to selected destinations such as on golf-club, beach or a historic fort. The shuttles can also be booked from kiosks along the route, with free service operating on weekdays for four hours. However, these buses will have the driver to operate if necessary. Singapore is not the first country to be in this race as China, Germany, and many countries have accomplished the fleet.

These vehicles can operate in moderate rains but can’t continue operations in heavy rainfall. The company aims to build shuttles in a few years in other parts of Singapore to navigate the people from home to subway stations and back and hoping to cope with the shortage of drivers in the city-state.

How do you perceive the unmanned vehicles on busy urban roads after unmanned aerial vehicles? Do you think that technology lessens the space for human beings currently at work? Share your thoughts in the comment section

 

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