Singapore plans to introduce driverless buses on its public roads by 2022, in three new neighbourhoods, which are less crowded than surrounding roads.
The buses are designed to help citizens traveling to nearby train and bus stations, helping the country manage its land constraints and “lack of manpower”.
Transport Minister, Khaw Boon Wan, said to the BBC: “The autonomous vehicles will greatly enhance the accessibility and connectivity of our public transport system, particularly for the elderly, families with young children, and the less mobile.”
Despite Singapore having less traffic congestion compared to other Asian cities, the autonomous buses will operate during off-peak hours.
Wan also noted, “transport constraints may help become a global player in urban mobility solutions.”
Written by Leah Alger