CAN’T WAIT FOR THE AUTONOMOUS CAR
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.