VOLVO’S AUTONOMOUS ELECTRIC BUSES IN SINGAPORE
As part of Singapore’s efforts to deploy Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) to enhance its public transport system, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) partnered up with the Volvo Group. This is Volvo’s first opportunity to develop and test autonomous and electric city buses.
In December 2018 testing began within an enclosed test track which is the size of two football pitches and has stage scenery to represent buildings. Tropical rain storms will be simulated, among other things, to mimic the conditions that the autonomous electric buses will have to operate in. In addition to the two buses, Volvo has also supplied an autonomous platform which will be developed on site. The buses will not only have to operate autonomously, but must also be able to travel to a depot and recharge their batteries independently. The buses should function fully autonomous and not rely on roadside infrastructure for support, but must be able to read traffic road signs independently.
NTU demonstrates autonomous vehicle technologies since 2013 and find its partnership with Volvo a way to change the way people travel in future. The campus of NTU is already a living test-bed for a variety of cutting edge technologies such as fast-charging electric vehicles to fully autonomous mini buses.