Volvo and NTU to Trial Autonomous Electric Buses in Singapore

Volvo Bus Corporation

2018/1/12 10:05

Volvo and NTU to Trial Autonomous Electric Buses in Singapore


GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --

     Volvo Buses and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have
signed a cooperation agreement on a research and development program for
autonomous electric buses. The program is part of the Land Transport Authority
of Singapore's drive to create new solutions for tomorrow's sustainable public

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    For Volvo, this will be its first autonomous application in public
transportation and it has chosen NTU as its partner in this endeavour. Volvo
has already demonstrated the autonomous technology in mining, quarry and refuse
collection operations.

    The 12-metre Volvo 7900 electric bus is already operating around the world,
but the buses to be deployed in Singapore will be equipped with autonomous
driving technologies. This include GPS and LIDAR laser technology systems for
charting, positioning and detecting obstacles around the vehicle.

    "We are seeing fast-growing interest in both autonomous and electric
vehicles in cities all over the world. Together with NTU, one of the world's
leading universities of technology, we now have the possibility of testing
various solutions under realistic conditions in a major city that has high
ambitions for its public transport," says Hakan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses.

    NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, said, "Industry-academic connections
are key in nurturing an environment which promotes innovation, research
excellence, and technological change for a better tomorrow. NTU takes pride in
its strong industry connections, and this partnership with Volvo will pave the
way for future mobility solutions by developing and testing autonomous buses
right here on campus. These solutions will further strengthen Singapore's
vision of embracing autonomous vehicle technologies and enhance public

    One of the autonomous electric buses will be used on Singapore's advanced
new test facility for autonomous vehicles, CETRAN*. Here, NTU's researchers
will in a fenced-off area be able to test new functionality and study how the
bus interacts with other road-users in various conditions. The second bus will
be used for tests in the bus depot in partnership with the operator SMRT. The
aim is that tomorrow's autonomous buses should be able to charge their
batteries, drive through the depots to the vehicle wash and park - entirely

    The cooperative program between Volvo Buses and NTU is underway and will
initially last for two years. The jointly developed autonomous electric buses
will arrive into Singapore in the beginning of 2019. Fast-charging stations
based on the common OppCharge interface will be supplied by ABB.

    *Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles

    Volvo Buses is one of the world's leading bus manufacturers, with a strong
focus on vehicles and systems for long-term sustainable public transport. Volvo
Buses is part of Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of
trucks, buses and construction machines as well as drive systems for marine and
industrial applications

    For further information, please contact:
    Helena Lind, Manager Media Relations, Volvo Bus Corporation
    Phone: +46 (0)31-323 62 57

    Nur Amin Shah, Corporate Communications
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Phone: +65 6790-4714

SOURCE:  Volvo Bus Corporation