Following a partnership between Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore tested its first self-driving bus yesterday (Oct 19).

The LTA and NTU aim to deploy driverless buses to offer fixed and scheduled services for intra- and inter-town travel.

The designing and developing of the buses are still a work in progress. Test routes include the roads between NTU and CleanTech Park in Jurong, and subsequently, ply these two locations and Pioneer MRT station.

Under this trial, existing buses will be fitted with intelligent sensors and charging technology. An autonomous system which can “effectively navigate Singapore’s local road traffic and climate conditions” will also be installed. Recharging can be done at bus depots or bus stops.

Previously NTU had ventured into autonomous vehicle technology with a driverless electric shuttle plying its campus and CleanTech Park in 2013.

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