Project is part of the Singapore Autonomous Vehicle Initiative which wants to explore the use of mass transit systems for commuters to reduce congestion and emissions
Delphi Automotive, headquartered in the UK, has been selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) as a strategic partner to help implement an autonomous vehicle mobility-on-demand programme.
Delphi will provide a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles and develop a cloud-based mobility-on-demand software (AMoD) suite. It will also conduct a trial of an urban, point-to-point, low-speed, autonomous, mobility-on-demand service in Singapore’s Autonomous Vehicles Test Bed located at a business park in the western area of the city.
Delphi’s AMoD development program and autonomous vehicle demonstration is part of the Singapore Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (SAVI), which was formed in 2014 to oversee and manage autonomous vehicle (AV) research, test-bedding, and the development of applications and solutions by industry partners and stakeholders.
Of particular interest to the Singapore LTA is the potential for automated driving solutions to make it easier for commuters transiting the “first mile” and “last mile” between a mass transit station and their home or work place. By addressing this need, the usage of the mass transit systems could increase; reducing overall traffic congestion and vehicle emissions.
Delphi is a leader in vehicle-based safety technologies including advanced sensors, software and electrical distribution. The company is using its participation in SAVI to develop new products and capabilities to serve its global customers.
“As a partner in SAVI, Delphi will use a foundation of the same vehicle technologies that enabled us to successfully complete the first coast-to-coast autonomous drive of the United States in 2015,” said Jeff Owens, chief technology officer, Delphi. “Developing a cloud-based software servicing capability integrated with the vehicle creates an end-to-end solution that will eventually allow our existing, and many potential new customers, the ability to enter emerging mobility markets.”
Developing a true end-to-end automated vehicle ecosystem, including a cloud-servicing capability, opens a host of new business opportunities for Delphi to offer its existing and potential customers in mobility and connectivity, logistics, agriculture and mining.
Delphi’s technology solution is vehicle agnostic and can be applied in passenger cars, buses, commercial vehicles, purpose-built mobility pods and electric vehicles. AVs provide the opportunity to facilitate efficient urban and suburban vehicle sharing, autonomous bus or taxi services, logistics and long-distance truck platooning.
The Singapore LTA pilot programme will last for three years with plans to transition into an operational service by 2022 timeframe. Other pilots are planned by Delphi for locations in North America and Europe in the future.
Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer, Delphi, believes the project will put Singapore at the forefront of autonomous vehicle adoption. “This is a great recognition of Delphi’s leadership in advanced safety technologies, automated software, systems integration, as well as our ability to drive these mobility solutions forward for our customers,” he said.