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DIRECTORY OF CERTIFIED COMPANIES IN SINGAPORE 2020/2021
   In addition to safety, TR 68 provides a strong foundation that will ensure interoperability
of data and cybersecurity that are necessary for the deployment
of AVs in an urban environment.
MS CHOY SAUW KOOK DIRECTOR-GENERAL
QUALITY AND EXCELLENCE GROUP ENTERPRISE SINGAPORE
travel, on-demand shuttle services, freight transport and utility operations such as road sweeping.
The Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) have also announced that autonomous scheduled buses and autonomous on-demand shuttles will serve commuters in Punggol, Tengah and the Jurong Innovation District from 2022.
For two consecutive years, the Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI) has ranked Singapore second only to the Netherlands in the world in embracing AVs.
Mr. Satya Ramamurthy, Partner & Head of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare at KPMG, Singapore, said: “The 2019 AVRI clearly reflects that the ecosystem for AVs in Singapore is ready and very much aligned with how Singapore is establishing itself as a Smart Nation and centre for AV development with the deployment of a simulated test-bed and plans for driverless buses.”
The Index provides an in-depth view of what it takes for countries to meet the challenges of self-driving vehicles. Countries are evaluated against four pillars: policy and legislation, technology and innovation, infrastructure and consumer acceptance. In 2019, Singapore came up tops in policy and legislation as well as consumer acceptance and is second only to the Netherlands in the area of infrastructure.
New milestone
Singapore has also taken the lead in developing standards for AVs. Unveiled in January 2019, the Technical Reference 68 (TR 68) serves to guide the industry on the development and deployment of vehicles in the
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Level 4 and 5 bands. At these levels, the vehicle is fully autonomous in limited and all driving scenarios, respectively.
The first such national standard in the world, the TR 68 was developed under the purview of the SSC’s Manufacturing Standards Committee with input from the AV industry, government agencies, research institutions and institutes of higher learning. Overseas experts were also consulted during the development process. The provisional standard covers four areas: vehicle behaviour, vehicle functional safety, cybersecurity and data formats.
Ms Choy Sauw Kook, Director-General, Quality and Excellence Group, Enterprise Singapore said, “In addition to safety, TR 68 provides a strong foundation that will ensure interoperability of data and cybersecurity that are necessary for the deployment of AVs in an urban environment. The TR 68 will also help to build up the AV ecosystem including start- ups and SMEs as well as Testing, Inspection and Certification service providers. As AV technology is new, it is encouraging to see local and international experts from the industry, government agencies and academia working together to develop this technical reference together with the SSC, Enterprise Singapore and LTA. This robust industry partnership is critical in developing other standards to support Smart Nation projects in Singapore and also for supporting future smart city projects in the ASEAN region.”
As a provisional standard, TR 68 will continue to undergo refinement as AV technology matures. Feedback from the industry will be gathered and used to review TR 68 as it is eventually expanded to cover other aspects of AV development and deployment.
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