Torque (Singapore) - - EDITORQUE -

C.M. FOK  I have been read­ing Torque for a long time, but this is my first time writ­ing to your Post­box.

In the Fe­bru­ary is­sue, I found that all the ar­ti­cles by Christo­pher Tan, Edric Pan, Lynn Tan and Jeremy Chua just gel to­gether to pro­mote the au­ton­o­mous car. The de­sire to own an au­ton­o­mous car in Sin­ga­pore will be strong, es­pe­cially if one can have more screen time (in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity) or bet­ter use of trav­el­ling time (such as putting on makeup or pro­vid­ing last-minute up­dates be­fore a meet­ing).

You don’t have to face the frus­tra­tion of weather­af­fected roads or try to pass folks who are driv­ing at a leisurely pace on a sin­gle lane. You just key in your des­ti­na­tion like a plane’s au­topi­lot and let the com­puter do the rest.

Bet­ter still if the au­ton­o­mous car can find a park­ing lot on its own, be­cause we can do away with labour­in­ten­sive valet park­ing. With au­ton­o­mous cars, we also don’t have to worry about traf­fic ac­ci­dents caused by in­tox­i­cated driv­ers.

Torque We may have to wait a while be­fore driver­less cars take driv­ers out of the road traf­fic equa­tion in Sin­ga­pore, be­cause of the leg­isla­tive, in­fras­truc­tural and tech­ni­cal hur­dles in­volved.

But our coun­try al­ready has a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Test­ing and Re­search of Au­ton­o­mous Ve­hi­cles, jointly set up by LTA, JTC and NTU, so it’s prob­a­bly a mat­ter of time be­fore driver­less cars hit the streets of Sin­ga­pore in sig­nif­i­cant num­bers.

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