Sentosa’s autonomous vehicle trial will be running from Aug. 26 to Nov. 15 this year, following more than a year of tests without public participation. Visitors will be able to call for a free ride using an Uber-style mobile application, or use computer terminals stationed along the 5.7km coastal route of the shuttle service, which links the island’s beaches and attractions.
The driverless system has been developed by ST Engineering, a Singapore company which makes technology platforms for commercial and military use. The company says this project of ‘on-demand’ self-driving shuttles for public use is the first of its kind in Asia. If successful, it hopes the technology will be rolled out on a wider scale locally and overseas.
With foreign partners, the company is exploring the deployment of autonomous vehicles in Israel and Japan. Japanese transport operator Willer is already in talks with ST Engineering for potential use of the shuttles to service the Aqua Ignis resort in Japan’s Mie prefecture.