LTA collaborates with local universities to address transport issues

The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is amping up collaboration efforts with universities, professional organisations and industry players to conduct research and technical trials on innovative policies, technological applications and sustainable practices in the transport industry, LTA said in a joint press statement on Wednesday (Nov 18).

To kickstart the research efforts, LTA has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), to integrate Transport Research Centres.

LTA will also fund projects to enhance knowledge and drive innovation into specific focus areas, such as active mobility, electro-mobility, self-driving vehicles, geotechnical engineering and condition-based maintenance.

A LTA Research Advisory Panel comprising of 21 international and local academics has been formed to advise on research directions. The advisory panel is chaired by Deputy President (Research and Technology) of NUS, Professor Ho Teck Hua. The panel will provide recommendations on the objectives and directions of research and development (R&D) to support LTA's development into an urban transport R&D hub, as well as future sensing for emerging transport mobility issues.

LTA also announced that it will be launching the LTA Engineering Challenge for Sustainable Future Mobility where youth are encouraged to use their creativity, innovation and engineering skills to co-create projects to help create an attractive and robust land transport network.

LTA's chief executive, Mr Chew Men Leong said: "Even as Singapore continues developing into a liveable city with a high quality of life, it also means creating a well-connected people-centred land transport system that meets the diverse needs of commuters with less reliance on cars.

"To achieve this, we have to step up our capability and investment in the area of research, so that we are able to harness the latest technology and create smart transport choices. The inaugural LTA Future Mobility Symposium is thus organised to showcase LTA's research collaborations and projects in two specific areas, namely Future Mobility and Self-Driving Vehicles."

debwong@sph.com.sg