Singapore paving the way for cheaper driverless cars

Singapore paving the way for cheaper driverless cars
The SMART team is developing autonomous vehicles made by outfitting golf carts and cars with a bevy of sensors.
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SINGAPORE - Self-driving cars are much in the news lately, with companies such as US tech titan Google putting autonomous vehicles through their paces.

Another centre of the nascent self-driving car industry is Singapore, where the focus is on lowering the cost of the technology. The National University of Singapore has teamed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a project that recently held a test-drive event where more than 500 people had an opportunity to ride in two prototype vehicles inside a park.

The entire city-state of Singapore is no larger geographically than Tokyo, and its population is both growing and aging. Add to the mix the prospect of worsening congestion, and it is clear why the government is keen on promoting self-driving cars that can move people around more efficiently.

The entire city-state of Singapore is no larger geographically than Tokyo, and its population is both growing and aging. Add to the mix the prospect of worsening congestion, and it is clear why the government is keen on promoting self-driving cars that can move people around more efficiently.

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