Singapore to Go Driverless at PortsEngineering360 News Desk | October 01, 2015
Singapore officials believe that autonomous-vehicle technology could transform the city/state transport system, and plan to “test drive” driverless trucks to move containers between port terminals.
Pang Kin Keong, permanent secretary for Transport, indicated that truck platooning at ports could consist of a truck with a driver, followed by three or four driverless vehicles. The hope is that autonomous vehicle use could reduce the reliance on manpower, increase productivity and solve the country’s driver shortage.
The country also indicates that it has an interest in testing autonomous vehicles in selected Singapore neighborhoods where vehicles can be summoned via a mobile app. The belief is that driverless vehicles will cause a shift from individual ownership to vehicle sharing arrangements and mobility as a service, especially where public transportation and taxis are not viable.
Officials acknowledge that challenges such as insurance, safety, reliability and liability will need to be resolved before wide-scale use of autonomous vehicles can occur.