Singapore to host Delphi Automotive’s self-driving taxi test

UK-based Delphi Automotive announced on Monday it expects to launch a small test fleet of automated taxis in Singapore next year, aiming to ferry passengers around a city district in one of the first real-world tests of automated rides on demand.

The project, run in partnership with the Singapore Land Transit Authority, will road test a concept that many companies investing in automated driving believe offers the fastest path to making such technology commercially viable.

According to Delphi vice-president of engineering Glen DeVos, the vehicles will have drivers ready to take over if the piloting systems fail, with drivers expected to be completely removed by 2019 or 2020.

By 2022, the Singapore authority plans to launch a regularly operating self-driving cab service, Delphi said.

Delphi also said it has plans for similar projects in North America and Europe, with DeVos speculating a site in the US could be selected as early as this year.

The Singapore project will kick off with a fleet of Audi vehicles equipped with automated driving and mapping systems. DeVos said the project will expand with the addition of electric vehicles, noting the Singapore project has been deliberately kept to a small scale.

“We are going to do it incrementally in a very controlled manner,” he said.

Delphi is working with other companies, including Israel’s Mobileye NV, to develop the sensor systems to enable vehicles to operate autonomously, and the Singapore Land Transit Authority will supply infrastructure to help the vehicles navigate safely.

According to Delphi vice-president of engineering Glen DeVos, the vehicles will have drivers ready to take over if the piloting systems fail, with drivers expected to be completely removed by 2019 or 2020.

By 2022, the Singapore authority plans to launch a regularly operating self-driving cab service, Delphi said.

Delphi also said it has plans for similar projects in North America and Europe, with DeVos speculating a site in the US could be selected as early as this year.

The Singapore project will kick off with a fleet of Audi vehicles equipped with automated driving and mapping systems. DeVos said the project will expand with the addition of electric vehicles, noting the Singapore project has been deliberately kept to a small scale.

“We are going to do it incrementally in a very controlled manner,” he said.

Delphi is working with other companies, including Israel’s Mobileye NV, to develop the sensor systems to enable vehicles to operate autonomously, and the Singapore Land Transit Authority will supply infrastructure to help the vehicles navigate safely.

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