First Driverless Vehicles for Public Goes on Trial

 Golf Buggy 2.0

Researchers from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), established by National Research Foundation Singapore under its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) programme, and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a driverless buggy that can shuttle people around.

The idea for a driverless vehicle was in response to the Infocomm Development Authority’s (IDA) call for collaboration in May 2013 to transform the Jurong Lake District into a machine-driven “smart city”. An IDA spokesperson stated: "For a smart nation, it is important for us to explore new technologies such as autonomous vehicles."

The driverless buggy will go on trial in the Chinese and Japanese gardens to ferry visitors from one destination to another via a touchscreen or a smartphone app by clicking on preset routes.

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