The first driverless electric vehicle has taken to the streets of Singapore for trials. The vehicle was tested along a two-kilometer route, between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation’s cleantech park. The vehicle can accommodate eight passengers and is able to acquire a speed of 20 kilometer per hour. At present, such vehicles are already running in the US and Europe.
NTU in Singapore is developing and testing new technologies to reduce the charging time for the vehicle and to improve performance parameters.
The vehicle will have the ability to safely interact with traffic in Singapore, the developers claim. They expect that the new vehicle would be about 30% to 50% less expensive to operate than a normal vehicle.
The two-year test project is the first of its kind in Singapore, which will – in future – replace shuttle buses in the country. The research is being carried out jointly by NTU, JTC and Induct Technologies.
The joint research team will also oversee the development and testing of various new charging technologies, such as wireless induction and new super capacitors for electric vehicles.
For the vehicle to operate in planned and pre-defined routes, software and intelligence systems will also be programmed. The new system will pave the way for the development of autonomous transport system for urban areas.