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Singapore launches new self-driving bus trial

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Singapore has moved a step nearer to a driverless public transport community with the launch of a brand new trial of self-driving buses.

Orderly and high-tech, the Asian city-state has turn into a testbed for self-driving automobiles and has developed home-grown expertise whereas inviting international corporations to trial their very own.

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In a three-month trial launched this week, passengers can e book a bus experience by means of an app that takes them round Singapore’s Science Park, a high-tech enterprise hub, throughout off-peak hours.

The cost is simply Sg$0.20 ($0.15).

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It’s not the primary self-driving bus trial within the metropolis however is the primary to cost a price.

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Singapore’s first trial of self-driving buses got here in 2015, whereas a trial of driverless street sweepers was launched earlier this 12 months.

Regardless of the expertise on the buses, a driver remains to be on the wheel to take management if crucial and should drive the bus manually alongside a part of the route.

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Khor Jing Qian, a 23-year-old pupil who took the bus to attend a scholarship interview on Wednesday, stated the journey, which took about 10 minutes, was “handy and simple”.

“It was unnatural to see the bus driver not driving, however I’ve heard of those sorts of applied sciences, I’ve seen them earlier than, so I believe that is fairly an revolutionary factor and undoubtedly the best way ahead,” he instructed AFP.

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The shuttles are additionally working in one other space of the town on a hard and fast schedule as a part of the identical trial, based on a press release from the Ministry of Commerce and Business.

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