To strengthen Singapore’s Autonomous Vehicle (AV) readiness, research is needed to identify potential gaps and challenges posed by existing infrastructure for AVs. Bus stops, taxi stands, and Pick-Up Drop-Offs (PUDOs) are dedicated spaces where commuters board and alight vehicles. As Singapore prepares for a transition towards AVs, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) are interested to determine if AVs would be able to smoothly and safely maneuver through these facilities to pick up or drop off their passengers.
LTA is launching this grant call to have a better understanding of the challenges that existing bus stops, taxi stands and PUDO designs may pose to AVs, and investigate how these facilities can be designed and equipped to facilitate AV deployment and enhance user experience. Recommendations from the study will also contribute to the formulation and review of guidelines or standards to ensure the safe operation of AVs with other manned vehicles.