Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology, a technology that is currently
heavily invested, shall have the potential to transform our ways of lives and
transport system in Singapore. We are exploring the application of
self-driving technology to public transport not only to bring in new forms of
shared mobility, but also to address the constraints we face in land and
manpower. Much discussion in the media to introduce driverless vehicles has
In implement AV technology in the context of Singapore, we need to
consider multiple factors whether it is of advantage or disadvange in rolling
out driverless transport.
For those who have difficulties in driving, this technology shall offer
a better soulution. Freedom of car travel shall prove to be a breeze for the
disabled, handicapped, the senior and the young. This can be achived by fully automated, or partial
Environment index will be improved
due to the reduction of CO2 emission and will boost fuel efficiency. Road
traffic accidents will be brought to the minimum as fewer mistakes will be
maintained by this technology. Sensory
technology could potentially perceive the environment better than human senses.
They are able to see farther ahead, better in poor visibility, detecting
smaller and more subtle obstacles. Speed limits could be increased to reflect
the safer driving, shortening journey times. Also it can compensate the amount
of fatigue of the physical driver in area of fatigue, giving low rates of
accidents. There shall be more comfort and leisure for the passengers in the
car since there will be no need to navigate.
For those who are disabled, this can be their solution in getting around
places. Future town planning will be a breeze as this could enable commuters to
Singapore has a low surface landscape which would mean that land is
We can also see a reduction in car theft crime rates due to the smart
features of the vehicles.
Though thus said, we may face loss of employment in other
areas Truck drivers and taxi drivers will lose their jobs, if autonomous
vehicles were to take over.
Ethical and security concerns may arise too.
A computer malfunction, even just a minor glitch, could cause worse
crashes than anything that human error might bring about.
Privacy security will be infringed. The cars would rely on the
collection of location and user information, creating major privacy concerns. There will be a potential loss in privacy as a third
party would have the opportunity to track out movements
Hackers getting into the vehicle’s software and controlling or affecting
its operation would be a major security worry .Naviagation thru the road might
pose a problem too if they cannot read new signs direction. This will occur if
there is not updated in the software. Autonomous
vehicles rely heavily on their sensors, making them vulnerable to sensor
failures in unfamiliar situations, such as drastic weather conditions , human
traffic signals roadblocks
Current infrastructure will need
to be revamped to adjust to AV technology.
Though successful programming lets us do incredible
things, there is always the potential for some unexpected glitch to emerge.
Even if a self-driving car performs flawlessly at first, it is possible for the
programming that runs the cars to be updated by the car company with a fault
string of code. Errors like this cause annoyance on our computers and mobile
devices, but could potentially cause car accidents with self-driving cars.
All in all, self-driving cars have the potential
to be an incredible new wave in the future of humanity. Increased
productivity, rest time, and possibly eliminating risk while driving, have the
potential to greatly improve all of our lives. Safety and privacy concerns need
to be addressed.
Nonetheless, AV present a wide range of uses but yet
we cannot fully trust a computer to perform tasks. Some people may still be sceptical
about this technology.
In introducing driverless vehicles, various
improvements to existing efforts have been actively rolled out. The Committee on
Autonomous Road Transport for Singapore (CARTS) has been set up to chart the
strategic direction for AV-enabled land mobility concepts, with members which
include renowned international experts, academics and industry representatives.
Many testing phases have been rolled out under real traffic conditions. LTA has
also put in place a robust regulatory framework to minimise the possibility of
accidents. Government will also put in place programmes to help Singaporeans
who drive for a living to acquire new skills and take on higher value-added
jobs in an AV world.