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ST Engineering taps US tech firm to develop driverless transport system in Singapore

They will address the gap as most self-driving vehicles are focused on the sensor hardware and onboard software.

ST Engineering partnered with US-based transportation technology firm rideOS to step up the deployment of an integrated autonomous transport system in Singapore, an announcement revealed.

“Singapore is uniquely positioned to bring self-driving vehicles to the world, thanks to its Smart Nation vision—urban planning initiatives which include “car-lite” new towns with self-driving transport options,” rideOS CEO and co-founder Justin Ho commented.

The firms will utilise their products for a framework such as a constraint-based routing and self-driving bus technology to create a Next Generation Traffic Control System for driverless vehicles.

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“With integral aspects of a robust and efficient infrastructure already in place, the city makes for an ideal testbed for the roll-out of autonomous transportation systems,” Ho added.

rideOS will power ST Engineering’s autonomous bus pilot through software products a real-time autonomous vehicle routing, estimated time of arrival (ETA) calculations, dispatch services, supply positioning, multi-rider trip planning, and fleet management dashboards.

ST Engineering noted that the system will enable the operation of on-demand fleets of human-operated and self-driving transport services by covering fleet management cloud services, vehicle technology, and both technological and physical infrastructure 

For its part, ST Engineering will utilise its cybersecurity expertise, platform-agnostic AV kit, Autonomous Vehicle Management System, and Smart City traffic infrastructure for operationalising autonomous platforms safely in urbanised, mixed traffic environments.

“The combination of our expertise in this global collaborative framework means that we are closer than ever to completing the full AV stack and realising a driverless world.” ST Engineering land systems sector president Dr. Lee Shiang Long said.

ST Engineering believes that the partnership will address the industry gap where most efforts for self-driving vehicles are eyeing on the sensor hardware and onboard software that enable autonomy. 

In line with the collaboration, rideOS CEO and co-founder Justin Ho thinks that the framework still needs to partner with governments, technology providers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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