The partnership will initiate a first-of-its-kind self-driving technology ecosystem and end-to-end Mobility-as-a-Service system
Singapore, 17 July 2018 — ST Engineering and rideOS, a San Francisco-based transportation technology platform, today announced a partnership to initiate a full-scope plan for a global collaborative framework as well as a pilot project to accelerate the deployment of integrated autonomous transport systems in Singapore.
The partners will each contribute core products to the collaborative framework such as constraint-based routing and self-driving bus technology to create a Next Generation Traffic Control System for autonomous vehicles. The collaborative framework will, in time, include solutions from other partners who are committed to deploying safe, efficient self-driving vehicles at scale. The objective is to deliver a comprehensive on-demand mobility system for safely managing a city’s transportation services end-to-end. The system will cover areas such as fleet management cloud services, vehicle technology, and both technological and physical infrastructure, to enable the operation of on-demand fleets of both human-operated and self-driving transport services.
ST Engineering will provide its cyber security expertise, platform-agnostic AV kit, Autonomous Vehicle Management System, and Smart City traffic infrastructure that are necessary for operationalising autonomous platforms safely in urbanised, mixed traffic environments.
“We embrace industry collaborations and this partnership with rideOS will be the catalyst and bring together the different components necessary for an efficient autonomous transportation system in Singapore,” said Dr. Lee Shiang Long, President of ST Engineering’s Land Systems sector. “The combination of our expertise in this global collaborative framework means that we are closer than ever to completing the full AV stack and realising a driverless world.”
The partnership will address a gap in the current industry landscape where most current development efforts for self-driving vehicles are focused on the sensor hardware and onboard software that enable autonomy. To successfully roll out self-driving transportation at scale, fleet management platforms and smart city infrastructure are equally critical and would require relevant organisations from around the world to work together to build a comprehensive transportation system solution.
For the first collaborative project, rideOS will power ST Engineering’s autonomous bus pilot with a set of software products and services including real-time autonomous vehicle routing, estimated time of arrival (ETA) calculations, dispatch services, supply positioning, multi-rider trip planning, and fleet management dashboards.
“The underlying technology for self-driving vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support the safe, global rollout of self-driving fleets is incredibly complex. In addition to key technologies from ST Engineering, the global collaborative framework includes our mapping and marketplace services that are powered by a real-time data platform, as well as a fleet management dashboard. However, in order to create a full-stack system, the framework must partner with numerous governments, technology providers, and OEMs,” said rideOS CEO and co-founder Justin Ho.
“We are thrilled to partner with ST Engineering, which has deep domain expertise in core aspects of the autonomous transportation technology stack,” Ho added. “Singapore is uniquely positioned to bring self-driving vehicles to the world, thanks to its Smart Nation vision—urban planning initiatives which include “car-lite” new towns with self-driving transport options. With integral aspects of a robust and efficient infrastructure already in place, the city makes for an ideal testbed for the roll-out of autonomous transportation systems.”
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About ST Engineering
ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in the defence, government and commercial segments in more than 100 countries. With more than 500 smart city projects across 70 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security and Smart Environment solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of S$6.62b in FY2017 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, SGX ESG Transparency Index and SGX ESG Leaders Index. For more information, visit www.stengg.com.
rideOS designs and builds next generation marketplace and mapping services that can be utilized by ride hailing companies, OEMs, logistics providers, and governments to operate on-demand transportation services for both self-driving and human-operated fleets. rideOS’s mission is to accelerate the safe, global roll-out of next generation transport. For more information about rideOS, visit rideos.ai
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