Self driving vehicles have become the new area of obsession for a lot of companies in the tech/automobile industry. But while most of these projects for automated private transport are still years away from production, SMRT Singapore has decided to jump the gun this year itself.
This move came in the form of an announcement by the public transport operator about it’s tie-up with the mobility firm 2getthere. Under the terms of this tie-up, these two companies will install, operate and maintain Driverless Pods on the roads of Singapore.
The pods will be 3rd generation Group Rapid Transport (GRT) vehicles, which have been designed in a collaboration with Italian automotive firm Zagato Milano.
These vehicles are completely electric and feature a smart obstacle detection system for safety. The power to run is provided by lithium iron phosphate batteries, with maximum speed of 40 km/h (25 mph).
In addition, the pods will also be fully air conditioned, with automated doors and a flexible interior design which can accommodate upto 24 people at a time.
The companies have promised that the project will become a reality by the end of the year, at which time they will begin providing first and last mile mobility services to the people of Singapore.