Singapore, 7 December 2017 – ST Kinetics and National Instruments Singapore Pte Ltd (NI) announced today that they will be collaborating as technology partners to build and develop Singapore’s capabilities for the testing of systems used by autonomous vehicles (AVs) and robotic solutions.
The testing framework will cover both functional and safety systems that determine the behaviour and response of the AV, for example braking distance, obstacle avoidance, as well as the measurement of the AV’s performance under various road and weather conditions.
ST Kinetics will integrate NI’s hardware and software, such as sensors and LIDAR technology, to establish a testing system that would form the basis of testing requirements and standards for the deployment of AVs in Singapore. Singapore Test Services, a subsidiary of ST Kinetics, will serve as an independent testing body for the testing of AVs in Singapore. Among the first AVs to be tested would be the autonomous buses for the Land Transport Authority that are currently under development, as well as the Mobility-on-Demand shuttles for intra-island travel on Sentosa. The test system can also be extended to other autonomous platforms such as forklifts and autonomous mobile robots.
When developing the set of test requirements for AVs, ST Kinetics concentrates on simulating realistic operating scenarios, such as under adverse weather conditions. It recently unveiled Singapore’s first rain simulator, one of the test stations at the CETRAN Autonomous Vehicle Test Centre that was officially opened on 22 November 2017. The rain simulator tests the manoeuvrability and response of the AVs under various rain conditions, from light rain (about 20mm/hour) to heavy thunderstorms (up to 70mm/hour).
Mr Tan Peng Kuan, Executive Vice President of Singapore Business, ST Kinetics said, “It is imperative that the AV testing capabilities keep pace with the overall AV development. A rigorous testing system will ensure reliability, performance and more importantly, safety when the AVs are deployed on the roads. This is in line with the objective of the Singapore Autonomous Vehicles Consortium to develop AV standards and to accelerate the adoption of AV technologies in Singapore.”
“As Singapore works towards realising its Smart Nation vision, the country is also challenged with land and manpower scarcity. Self-driving technology or AVs would therefore be highly critical and valuable in transforming the transport system and bringing about greater connectivity as well as accessibility,” said Mr Matej Krajnc, Managing Director, ASEAN & ANZ, National Instruments. “Recent announcements by the Ministry of Transport and the Land Transport Authority reflect that the country is moving very quickly in its adoption of smart mobility, and the NI team in Singapore is excited to be able to play a part in this advancement – ensuring the safety and reliability of vehicles through our test systems.”
ST Kinetics (Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd) is the land systems arm of ST Engineering, an integrated engineering group. With 50 years of engineering expertise behind us, we are driven by a passion for innovation and work with partners and customers to deliver customised land systems and security solutions that meet the stringent operational requirements of defence, homeland security and commercial customers. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Kinetics employs a skilled workforce of some 5,000 people, 70% of whom are in engineering and technical roles, to support customers in over 40 countries. We are the world leader in niche products such as 40mm munitions. In FY2016, ST Kinetics recorded revenue of S$1.3b. Please visit www.stengg.com for more information.
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