23 May 2019, SINGAPORE – The EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttle will be going on trial at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Kent Ridge campus, as part of a year-long study aimed at gauging the commercial viability of such a service.
To be operated by ComfortDelGro’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd, the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous bus shuttle, known as NUSmart Shuttle, will first embark on a 1.5 month long road test at NUS’ Kent Ridge Campus before commencing the trial proper. This trial is in line with NUS’ ongoing efforts to build a smart, safe and sustainable campus.
The road test, which will begin on 25 May 2019, will see the NUSmart Shuttle plying a 1.6 km route between Heng Mui Keng Terrace and Business Link within the NUS campus. The key purpose of the road test is to “map” the route through the collection of data for the vehicle’s navigation systems. To ensure the mapping is done accurately, the shuttle will be travelling at between 5km/h and 16km/h during this period.
Upon completion of the mapping process, the NUSmart Shuttle will run a validation test for three hours daily over a four-week period. During this time, the shuttle will not be taking passengers.
Following the road test, the NUSmart Shuttle is expected to commence the passenger service trial in the third quarter of the year. The NUSmart Shuttle will be running in real mixed traffic conditions alongside regular buses, cars and motorcycles throughout the road test and trial period.
A Safety Operator will also be on board the autonomous shuttle for safety reasons as well as to provide information to passengers and ensure safe operation of the vehicle.