Self-driving road sweepers to be piloted until July 2021

Credit: Channel NewsAsia

Two self-driving road sweepers will go on trial at one-north, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and CleanTech Park, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) in a joint media release on Wednesday (Jan 13).

The proof-of-concept trials for two Autonomous Environmental Service Vehicles (AESVs) were launched by NEA and will run until July 2021, said the authorities.

The first consortium comprised NTU, Enway, SembWaste and Wong Fong Engineering Works.

The other consortium comprised ST Engineering and 800 Super Waste Management.

Trials of the vehicles will be conducted in a progressive manner, starting with off-peak timings such as weekends and evenings.

Both vehicle units have undergone rigorous safety assessments by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and were approved for public road trials in small-scale testbed environments, said NEA and MOT.

In line with the safety framework for autonomous vehicle trials, a safety driver will be on board the vehicles at all times. The driver is trained to take immediate control of the vehicle when needed.


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