NTU, LTA and PTV collaborate for Singapore’s first autonomous vehicle test centre (CETRAN)

CETRAN and the Test Circuit puts Singapore on the global forefront for developing regulatory standards for testing CAV. Foto: NTU.

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) opened Singapore’s first autonomous vehicle (AV) test centre in November 2017. PTV Group is one the strategic technical partners.

This new 2-hectare test facility will support the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN), which was launched to spearhead the development of testing requirements for autonomous vehicles (AVs). Together with CETRAN and its partners, LTA will work towards developing the necessary standards and testing regimes for the safe deployment of AVs on our public roads. As there are no existing international test standards or international certification bodies for AVs, CETRAN will anchor Singapore’s position as an industry leader in supporting the testing and eventual widespread deployment of AVs.

Comprehensive research and rigorous testing

In order to be integrated onto public roads, AVs need to be tested on their communication with other vehicles, road infrastructure as well as dispatch and routing systems. To facilitate the testing of AV navigation controls in a real-world environment, the CETRAN AV Test Centre is designed to replicate the different elements of Singapore’s roads, with common traffic schemes, road infrastructure, and traffic rules. The circuit also features a rain simulator and flood zone to test autonomous vehicles’ navigation abilities under different weather conditions. It also helps improve overall safety and efficiency by allowing researchers to assess the vehicles’ interaction with pedestrians.

Strategic Partnership between NTU, LTA and PTV Group

 Together with NTU, CETRAN will work closely with industry partners like PTV Group. Omid Ejtemai, Regional Director of PTV Asia Pacific, signed the strategic partnership during the opening ceremony and explains: “We are looking forward to working as technical partner in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University Singapore for the development and growth in the area of AV (Autonomomous Vehicles), MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and Real-time Traffic Solutions.”

He adds: “We consider Singapore and NTU as excellent partners for PTV, offering a complete ecosystem of research, development and implementation of new solutions. We are happy to support the analysis of different safety issues for future autonomous applications.”

For example, the simulation tool PTV Vissim will create realistic test cases. Furthermore, the software solutions of PTV will help to define, test and handle thousands of cases for different future mobility scenarios in a virtual environment.

Located in Singapore’s Largest Living Lab

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) opened first test centre for autonomous vehicles (CETRAN). Software of the PTV Group supports traffic simulation. Foto: NTU

CETRAN and the Test Centre are strategically located in Jurong Innovation District, Singapore’s largest living lab. The Jurong Innovation District will house companies focusing on urban solutions, advanced manufacturing, and smart logistics. With NTU, research institutes and a network of corporations located together, it will foster closer collaboration among academia, industries and enterprises to further the development of new solutions and innovation within the District.

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Industry Partners of CETRAN

Besides industry partners like Siemens and SystemX, CETRAN also inked partnership agreements with four organisations: They are PTV Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd, a leading corporation in traffic and transportation solutions, the National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom’s largest applied physics organisation, and NXP Semiconductors Singapore Pte Ltd, a global automotive semiconductor supplier in secure connected cars, and Diamond Energy, a company specialising in energy management technologies for autonomous vehicles.

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World.. For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg