In driverless public transport race, Singapore builds mini city for testing

In driverless public transport race, Singapore builds mini city for testing

An engineer walks towards a Navya autonomous electric bus. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

In the race to deploy driverless public transport, Singapore has built a mini town that could vault it into pole position.

The 2-hectare complex, unveiled in November, has intersections, traffic lights, bus stops and pedestrian crossings, all built to the specifications that Singapore uses for its public roads. There’s a mini hill to check how vehicle sensors perform when they can’t see directly ahead, mock skyscrapers to mimic the radio interference from tall buildings and a rain machine to simulate the island’s frequent tropical downpours.

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