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ST and rideOS team on Singapore autonomous project


ST Engineering and rideOS, are to team on a pilot project to accelerate the deployment of integrated autonomous transport systems in Singapore.

The partners will each contribute products to the collaborative framework such as constraint-based routing and self-driving bus technology to create a Next Generation Traffic Control System for autonomous vehicles.

The framework will, in time, include solutions from other partners who are committed to deploying self-driving vehicles at scale. The objective is to deliver an on-demand mobility system for safely managing a city’s transportation services end-to-end.

The system will cover areas such as fleet management cloud services, vehicle technology, and both technological and physical infrastructure, to enable the operation of on-demand fleets of human-operated and self-driving transport services.

ST Engineering will provide its cyber security, platform-agnostic AV kit, Autonomous Vehicle Management System and Smart City traffic infrastructure necessary for autonomous platforms in urbanised, mixed traffic environments.

“We embrace industry collaborations and this partnership with rideOS will be the catalyst and bring together the different components necessary for an efficient autonomous transportation system in Singapore,” said ST Engineering’s Land Systems sector president, Lee Shiang Long.

“The combination of our expertise in this global collaborative framework means we are closer than ever to completing the full AV stack and realising a driverless world.”

The partnership will address a gap in the current industry landscape where most current development efforts for self-driving vehicles are focused on the sensor hardware and onboard software that enable autonomy.

To roll out self-driving transportation at scale, fleet management platforms and smart city infrastructure are equally critical and would require relevant organisations from around the world to work together to build a comprehensive transportation system solution.

For the first collaborative project, rideOS will power ST Engineering’s autonomous bus pilot with a set of software products and services including real-time autonomous vehicle routing, estimated time of arrival (ETA) calculations, dispatch services, supply positioning, multi-rider trip planning and fleet management dashboards.

“The underlying technology for self-driving vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support the safe, global roll-out of self-driving fleets is incredibly complex,” said rideOS CEO and co-founder, Justin Ho.

“In addition to key technologies from ST Engineering, the global collaborative framework includes our mapping and marketplace services powered by a real-time data platform, as well as a fleet management dashboard.

“However, in order to create a full-stack system, the framework must partner with numerous governments, technology providers, and OEMs.”