Singapore pursues driverless car technology

DPA Singapore | Updated on August 27, 2014 Published on August 27, 2014

The introduction of driverless vehicles in Singapore will be overseen by a new government committee from Wednesday, a news report said.

Driverless vehicles have “the potential to transform our lives,” Josephine Teo, the senior minister of state for transport, said at the launch of the committee, according to The Straits Times.

Autonomous cars are already being tested in Singapore’s universities, with trials set to be carried out on some public roads in January, the report said.

The government committee will reportedly consider options including driverless buses, and shared autonomous vehicles.

Trials of driverless cars have been gathering pace across the world.

Four US states have passed legislation allowing for them to be tested on open roads. Britain is set to allow experimental driverless cars on public roads from January 2015.

The US company Google has been testing its own self—driving cars, while many manufacturers, including BMW, Audi, Nissan and General Motors have developed their own autonomous motoring systems.

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Published on August 27, 2014
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