Singapore plans for autonomous on-demand shuttles by ‘early 2020s’

At the ITS World Congress this week (October 21-22) officials from the host city-state of Singapore focused attendees on one of the nation’s most ambitious transportation objectives – delivering on-demand autonomous shuttle-bus services early next decade.

Making a keynote speech at the first Plenary Session of the week, Dr Swan Gin Beh, chairman of the Economic Development Board, Singapore, reminded attendees that earlier this year Singapore issued a Call for Collaboration on testing and developing such services, with a view to helping to solve first- and last-mile challenges.

This ambitious plan follows on from testing that is already ongoing at the CETRAN (Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles NTU) test center of full-size autonomous buses that are planned to operate on a fixed route, which Dr Beh spoke about first.