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Volvo unveils driverless electric bus in Singapore

Mar 05. 2019
A Volvo AB 7300 electric autonomous bus drives on the track of Centre of Excellence for Testing
A Volvo AB 7300 electric autonomous bus drives on the track of Centre of Excellence for Testing
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By Agence France-Presse
Singapore

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Volvo and a Singapore university unveiled a driverless electric bus Tuesday that will soon undergo tests in the city-state, the latest move towards rolling out autonomous vehicles for public transport.

High-tech Singapore has become a testbed for self-driving technology and the world's first driverless taxis went into operation in a limited public trial in the country in 2016. 

    Swedish automaker Volvo Buses and its local partner Nanyang Technological University (NTU) unveiled what they described as a full-size autonomous electric bus and said the vehicle would soon start trial runs in the university's sprawling campus.

A Volvo AB 7300 electric autonomous bus drives on the track of Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles after being unveiled in Singapore on March 5, 2019. // AFP PHOTO

    Data from the trials will be used to improve the technology before the driverless buses are put to the test on public roads, Volvo and NTU said in a statement.

    Volvo Buses president Hakan Agnevall said the vehicle was "an important step towards our vision for a cleaner, safer and smarter city".

    The vehicle is 12 metres (39 feet) long with a full capacity of close to 80 passengers. 

    It uses 80 percent less energy than a diesel bus of a similar size and is equipped with sensors and navigation controls managed by an artificial intelligence system, the statement said.

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