Singapore launches autonomous bus pilot with two routes

From 25 January 2021, the Alliance for Action, supported by CapitaLand and JTC, will deploy on-demand autonomous bus services at Singapore Science Park 2 and Jurong Island. This marks the first time autonomous buses are operating a revenue service in Singapore, bringing local AV services and solutions one step closer towards commercialisation, domestically and abroad…

In order to gain more data and insights that will be valuable to the development of future urban mobility services, the two routes differ in physical conditions, commuter and partner mix, service and vehicle type, as well as operation concepts. One route will be operated by a 10-seater minibus, whereas the other will served by a 26-seater city bus.

The move has also garnered support from one of Singapore’s transport unions, perhaps surprising for a bus pilot without the need for a driver. Yet the National Transport Workers’ Union sees the project as a potential way of uplifting the transport industry in Singapore.