Driverless Future Approaches

By | August 20, 2013

From Science Daily:

First Driverless Vehicle to Hit the Roads

Singapore’s first clean and green driverless shuttle transportation system will soon see passengers shuttling between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation’s (JTC) CleanTech Park.

In a partnership between NTU, JTC and Induct Technologies, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), an autonomous electric shuttle manufactured by Induct is expected to ply the two kilometre route providing a safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly alternative mode of transportation.

This is a pretty limited implementation of driverless vehicles — servicing a closed area and a small one at that — but it’s worthy of note because it isn’t just an experiment or a stunt. It looks like these vehicles are being introduced to serve a purpose, not simply to prove that cars get around without anyone behind the wheel.

That’s kind of a big deal.