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ComfortDelGro to test driverless shuttle in NUS from Saturday

[SINGAPORE] An autonomous shuttle bus will be tested in and around National University of Singapore's Kent Ridge campus from Saturday (May 25).

Operated by ComfortDelGro, the bus will be on a one-year trial to determine the commercial viability of such a service, the Singapore-based transport giant said on Thursday.

Using an EZ10 shuttle supplied by France's EasyMile, the trial will start within the campus, plying between Heng Mui Keng Terrace and Business Link.

The shuttle will be travelling at between 5kmh and 16kmh to collect mapping data. This will be followed by a four-week validation test process.

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It will not be taking passengers during this period.

ComfortDelGro said passenger service trial is expected to commence in the third quarter. The vehicle can carry up to 12 people, and will have a human operator onboard to ensure safety.

The trial, which was originally scheduled to start in March, is funded by motor company Inchcape Singapore.

Besides the NUS trial, ComfortDelGro, through its subsidiary SBS Transit, is currently taking part in two other similar trials in Sentosa and Jurong Island.

Meanwhile, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Swedish vehicle maker Volvo are expected to launch a full-size autonomous bus service in the NTU campus later this year.

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