ST Kinetics said it would collaborate with U.S.-based National Instruments to test systems used by autonomous vehicles (AVs) and robotic solutions in Singapore.
ST Kinetics, the land systems arm of ST Engineering, said it will integrate National Instruments' hardware and software, such as sensors and LIDAR technology, to establish a testing system that would form the basis of testing requirements and standards for the deployment of AVs in Singapore.
Among the first AVs to be tested would be the autonomous buses for the Land Transport Authority that are currently under development, as well as the Mobility-on-Demand shuttles for intra-island travel on Sentosa, the company said in a press release dated December 5.
The testing framework will cover both functional and safety systems that determine the behaviour and response of the AV, for example braking distance, obstacle avoidance, as well as the measurement of the AV's performance under various road and weather conditions.
National Instruments designs, manufactures, and sells systems to engineers and scientists worldwide. It has operations in nearly 50 countries, with a customer base of over 35,000.
"As Singapore works towards realising its Smart Nation vision, the country is also challenged with land and manpower scarcity. Self-driving technology or AVs would therefore be highly critical and valuable in transforming the transport system and bringing about greater connectivity as well as accessibility," said Mr Matej Krajnc, Managing Director, ASEAN & ANZ at National Instruments.