Singapore is at the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology development in Asia and a rising testing ground for autonomous vehicle pilot projects. In 2016 we have witnessed autonomous vehicles test runs in Singapore ranging from driverless shuttles that operate autonomously around university campuses to the development of self-driving cars with the ability to be hailed and can operate as a taxi service.
Around the world, automakers have shifted their autonomous vehicle research and development into top gear. Cities are racing to set up their regulatory and liability frameworks to facilitate the deployment of Autonomous vehicles. In Oct 2016 Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute announced the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a new program for leading global mayors who will work together to prepare their cities for the emergence of autonomous vehicles. Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute will galvanize experts and data to accelerate cities’ planning efforts, and produce a set of principles and tools that participating cities, as well as cities around the world, can use to chart their own paths forward towards autonomous vehicles.
In 2014, the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) initiated its own autonomous vehicle development and initiative by teaming up with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to establish the Singapore Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (SAVI). SAVI aims to provide a technical platform for industry partners and stakeholders to conduct Research & Development and test-bedding of Autonomous Vehicles technology, applications and solutions. Autonomous Vehicles promises a more efficient transportation solution and lower environmental footprint by optimising road usage. In Singapore, the North-East and Downtown MRT lines, and LRT is equipped with driverless technology to improve the punctuality of mass transit and overcome manpower constraints.
Singapore is leading the way in autonomous vehicles development and city planning. It is not a surprise the International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC), a leading global conference organiser set to stage the first annual Autonomous Vehicles Asia Conference in Singapore. The Autonomous Vehicle Asia 2017 Conference will be held at the Amara Sanctuary Sentosa Island on the 21st February 2017. Motion Digest’s team will be joining the industry-leading players and stakeholders in autonomous vehicles to get the first hand insight on where the industry stands, readiness and what lies ahead for autonomous vehicles.
Interesting Speakers Lineup for Autonomous Vehicles Asia 2017
Changgi Lee,Senior Deputy Director, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Republic of Korea
Changgi will be introducing Korea’s automotive & transportation policies, road infrastructure development and safety standards for autonomous vehicles. He will also provide insights on the commercialisation of autonomous vehicles in Korea and the funding support scheme available for OEMs.
Peter Damen, Chair of Executive Steering Committtee, Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative
Peter will be sharing the progress and success factors of Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) and how ADVI connects autonomous vehicles key stakeholders to accelerate successful introduction of autonomous vehicles on Australian roads.
Niels De Boer, Programme Director – CETRAN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
CETRAN is NTU’s Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles that charts the technical requirements and safety standards to make full deployment of autonomous vehicles on Singapore roads a reality. Niels will be sharing his thoughts on Asian’s government involvement in the development of autonomous vehicle pilot projects and setting autonomous vehicle regulatory standards for testing and certification in an urban environment.
Stefan Greiner, Director of Chassis Development, Audi China
Stefan will be presenting testing schemes, cost efficiency of safety and validation tests from an OEM’s point of view.
Seo-Ho Choi, Team Leader, Hyundai Motor Company
Seo-Ho will be sharing Hyundai’s development to achieve fully autonomous vehicle technology with UX Roadmap, Human Machine Interface (HMI) and wearable Robot. He will also touch on the development of Artificial Intelligence, natural language processing and voice recognition to enhance communication between human and vehicle.
Hiroyuki Asada, General Manager, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION
Hiroyuki-san will be providing insights on the potential of autonomous parking or valet parking in Japan; and updates on Japan’s autonomous vehicle infrastructure and regulatory development.
Andrew Somers, Director Strategy and Market Development, Mobility as a Service Australia (MaaS)
Andrew will share his thoughts on autonomous vehicles in ride-sharing and ride-hailing services; and the social concerns arising from the impact of unemployment for existing drivers.