The world is on the cusp of a transport technological revolution. The combination of electric vehicles, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and autonomous transport systems will transform the way we live and work. But the pace of change presents challenges for public authorities, who are grappling to understand how to ensure the outcome creates societal good, and private organizations whose business models are being disrupted.
In Singapore the fundamental priorities for the government, transport authorities and transport providers are clear: mobility on demand for a modern customer experience, smart systems to optimize capacity, predictive assets, and new funding methods to deliver connected infrastructure.
In terms of self-driving vehicles Singapore is in pole position starting with the plan to have all of western Singapore serve as a testbed for self-driving vehicles as the move towards autonomous mobility picks up.
Many initiatives are underway to grow the autonomous vehicles (AVs) space here.
Singapore is particularly excited about the shift in focus of AV research towards larger capacity vehicles such as buses and trucks, as well as platforms for last-mile logistics deliveries.
LTA has also concluded agreements with companies to develop solutions for autonomous truck platooning to transport containers from one port terminal to another, as well as issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the development of self-driving utility vehicles for waste collection and road sweeping.
While Singapore has staked out a meaningful leadership position in the autonomous vehicle space, it can only be described as a laggard when it comes to electric vehicles. According to analyses, this could be a S$3.6 billion opportunity that can simultaneously save 33,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
However only 0.1 per cent of all registered vehicles in Singapore are EVs. This is a rather shocking statistic.
As barriers are removed and more Singaporeans take the plunge, they will find a great new experience – instant acceleration, powerful torque, a quiet drive, and no smell or soot from a battery/motor combination that is up to five times more efficient.
The Mobility Committee of EuroCham will be a platform for our corporate members and transport authorities to share information, address challenges and provide feedback to government bodies and stakeholders.