ComfortDelGro is embarking on a trial of an autonomous shuttle bus service in real traffic conditions in the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Kent Ridge campus – with a view towards a commercial roll-out if successful.
It will be carried out using the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttle which will be funded by Inchcape Singapore and operated by ComfortDelGro. The shuttle, which has a total carrying capacity of 15 passengers, will run along a 1.6 km route in NUS between Heng Mui Keng Terrace and Business Link.
The trial of the autonomous shuttle bus service will be done in real mixed traffic conditions, alongside regular buses, cars and motorcycles and will rely on on its own internal array of software and hardware technologies for its navigation on the roads, without any assistance of external infrastructure. A Safety Engineer will also be on board the autonomous shuttle during the trial to ensure safe operation of the vehicle, as well as to provide engineering expertise.
In the initial stage of the trial, the autonomous shuttle trial will be focused on collecting data for its mapping and navigation systems, and would not be open for passenger service. The year-long autonomous bus shuttle operational trial, which will involve ComfortDelGro, Inchcape Singapore, NUS and EasyMile, will commence in March 2019.