TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS | Staff Reporter, Singapore

LTA to allot $25m for testing advanced transportation tech

It is also exploring the use of automation and autonomous vehicles in the transport system.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will allot $25m over the next five years to support mobility-related research and technology trials in the land transport system of Singapore.

This is part of LTA’s Industry Transformation Map (ITM), launched today, which will serve as a blueprint for transforming the country’s land transport industry.

“Through the Land Transport ITM, LTA will harness technology and innovation to improve productivity for our land transport workers and deliver a transport system that is safe, efficient, reliable and comfortable for commuters,” said Khaw Boon Wan, coordinating minister for infrastructure and minister for transport.

“For instance, the use of smart sensors and data analytics to monitor the status of railway systems for predictive maintenance will enable railway engineers to be more productive in their work, which translates into a smoother and more reliable ride for commuters,” he explained.

Khaw added that LTA is exploring the uses of automation and autonomous vehicles for the land transport system.

“For example, the introduction of robots and drones to inspect MRT and road tunnels will reduce the need for tedious manual inspections and free our engineers to focus on analysing the data captured. Autonomous buses and dynamically-routed, on-demand shuttles can also be deployed to enhance public transport by providing more responsive, efficient and convenient transport modes for commuters,” he explained.  

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