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What is the Land Transport Innovation Portal?

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The Land Transport Innovation Portal supports the development of innovative solutions to meet the Land Transport Master Plan 2040 (LTMP 2040) goals.

Through this portal, you can:

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Understand the challenges, problem statements and LTA’s areas of focus
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Share ideas and solutions to these challenges
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Share your views on problem statements and solutions
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Learn about sandbox environments, test-bedding, regulations and innovation networking events
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Find out about innovation funding opportunities, application process and other administrative procedures
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Submit your Ideas

Have an idea to help us reach our land transport goals? Submit an abstract of your proposed solution through our Submission Form. If your proposed idea matches what we are looking for, we will get in touch with you to find out more!

Who can apply?

Local and global organisations (e.g. private companies, research institutes or institutes of higher learning). Organisations should set up a base in Singapore to run the project and also own, manage and exploit rights of all intellectual property that is developed.

Proposed solutions will be evaluated broadly based on, but not limited to the following criteria:

Criteria Description
Objective
  • The solution should be aligned with the key goals of LTMP 2040 with a clear value proposition and should demonstrate the steps to achieve them.
Innovativeness
  • The solution should be innovative and not already available or commercialised in the market.
  • The solution should not already be funded by other LTA initiatives or another agency.
Scalability & Implementation
  • The solution should be supported by realistic deliverables and outcomes to support the implementation plans.

Shortlisted solutions will be funded based on the duration, scalability and readiness of technology. Funding requirements and details will be determined based on the project.

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Reach out to us through our Contact Form for more assistance.

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As part of LTMP 2040, LTA has committed to electrify 50% of our public bus fleet by 2030. Just as we continually review safety enhancements for our traditional diesel bus fleets, we are looking to do the same for e-buses. With fire safety as an important aspect of our bus depot operations, one specific potential risk in the unlikely event of an e-bus fire is to avert the spread of fire within the multi-storey depot to prevent greater damage and loss of bus infrastructure and assets. Moreover, even when the e-bus fire is extinguished, there remains a possibility of re-ignition, which could be a result from sparks created by parts of the burnt bus being in contact with the ground / depot structures during the removal process.

To mitigate such subsequent fires, an appropriate post-fire recovery equipment would enhance the safety of the existing extraction process to relocate a burnt e-bus from a multi-storey bus depot into an isolated water containment structure. The water containment is located on the ground floor and away from the building structure. This would further enhance other existing fire mitigation measures (i.e. sprinklers to extinguish the fire and cool down the surrounding temperature, water curtains to prevent the spread to other group of buses).

LTA wishes to collaborate and consolidate ideas with the interested partners / innovators to design, build and assemble a suitable equipment for e-buses (to accommodate the full length of a double deck bus), collectively known as the “Bus Recovery Equipment”, to remove burnt e-buses out of the building premises efficiently and safely.

Applications are now closed. We will contact you if your submitted proposal has been shortlisted.

The Urban Mobility Innovation (UMI) is a Funding Initiative (FI) under the Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS) domain of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2025 (RIE2025).

The UMI FI builds upon the original Urban Mobility Grand Challenge (UMGC) from 2017, that uses transformational technology to overcome challenges and grow economic opportunities in the land transport sector.

The UMI FI aims to co-create solutions and undertakes applied research on key land transport topics together with LTA’s ecosystem partners such as Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), research institutes, public transport operators and industry partners. LTA adopts an open innovation framework to tap on this ecosystem of partners to address diverse land transport challenges. Promising outputs from these collaborative projects may therefore be further developed, as follow-on projects, into deployable solutions.

UMI Grant Call – Modelling and Simulation of Electric Vehicle and Power-Assisted Bicycle Battery Fire

Ensuring the safety of electric vehicles (EV)s and battery-operated active mobility devices, such as power-assisted bicycles (PABs), is important with their growing adoption.

The use of lithium-ion battery (LIB) within EVs and PABs can potentially lead to fire risks. Overseas case studies have shown that LIB fires can be extremely difficult to extinguish and may pose challenges such as the emission of toxic gases during thermal runaway, potential reignition after the primary fire has been put out, and accelerating combustion of adjacent properties due to the release of horizontal jet flames from vehicle battery packs.

Objective

LTA launched a grant call to seek solutions for developing a model suited to simulate EV and PAB battery fires under local conditions. The proposal should cover the approach and development of a model based on (but not limited to) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodology that can simulate the impact of EV and PAB battery fires and toxic gas propagation characteristics of fire, in various vehicular segments under different local settings. These include the simulation of (but not limited to) temperature, heat flux, toxic gases, and soot concentration for both spatial and temporal evolution. With Singapore’s highly dense and built environment, agencies need to better understand the impact of battery fire across different vehicle types and environments, so that the appropriate incident response can be taken to manage EV and PAB battery fires.

Applications are now closed. We will contact you if your submitted proposal has been shortlisted.

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The following sandbox applications were closed on 15 January 2024.

  1. Application to Sandbox for Electric Heavy Goods Vehicle (e-HGV) Battery Charging and Swapping System (BCSS) Solutions
  2. Application to Sandbox for Electric Vehicle Mobile Charging System (MCS) Solutions

Visit the Land Transport Sandboxes page to find out more.

Enterprises, third-party developers, researchers, and the general public can obtain information from the Land Transport DataMall. This includes:

Open Datasets
  • Static Datasets comprise mostly the Geographical Information System (GIS) information available in the ESRI shape file format. LTA’s statistical monthly/annual reports available in PDF and XLS formats.
  • Dynamic Datasets are updated live. They are served out via APIs which are accessible with an Account Key. This is issued only to registered DataMall subscribers.

 

On-Request Datasets

LTA can share other datasets on a case-by case basis. This is to address requesters’ needs, while meeting LTA’s commitment to data confidentiality and privacy.

The datasets available are listed in DataMall’s “On-Request Datasets” tab. More specific information can be found within metadata in each dataset.

Two new on-request datasets are uploaded on the DataMall:

  1. Taxi Movement Data
  2. Traffic Lights Traffic Plans

To request data, requestors should download and complete the Data Sharing Form and submit it via the Contact Us page on DataMall.

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We are able to bring innovative ideas to life thanks to collaborations with industry and research partners! We aim to deliver a safe, reliable, inclusive, cost efficient and environmentally-sustainable land transport system for our commuters.

For example, did you know we are upcycling waste by using waste plastics to pave roads? This is possible with the partnership from Samwoh Innovation Centre, Singapore Polytechnic, and Contec Fiber AG.

Read the article - "Paving the Way for Eco-Friendly Roads" to find out more about this initiative.

Enhancement of Roadworks Application Process using Artificial Intelligence

  • Industry Partner: NCS Pte. Ltd.
  • LTA User: Road Works Regulation and Licensing Division (RWRL)

On average, there are about 200 to 300 roadworks each day, for installations and upgrading works relating to water, sewer, drainage, power and telecommunication networks. For each roadwork, the agency or private contractor must get a permit via LTA’s Permit for Road Occupation Management Portal (LTA.PROMPT) online portal.

Innovating to Improve Efficiency

To smoothen the process of roadwork applications, we worked with NCS Pte Ltd to introduce the following:

  1. Automatic generation of Traffic Control Plans (TCP).
  2. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to check scanned documents. Applicants are alerted if anything is missing.
  3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) to review applications and provide recommendations for quicker processing.
A Simpler and Shorter Process

With these features, submitting applications on roads with a simple configuration is more streamlined.

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Generation of TCPs via AI/ML enhancement system

Going Forward

We are now exploring how to introduce more complex traffic layouts and road infrastructure. This will cater to different road configurations and traffic volume.

Viaduct Bearing Inspection with Drones

  • Research Partner: Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • LTA User: Asset Engineering (Infrastructure) Division (AEINF)

There are over 17,000 viaduct bearings along the North-South-East-West Line (NSEWL). In accordance to LTA’s Code of Practice, these must be inspected every 5 years - a process which is currently performed manually. Besides checking the viaduct bearings’ general condition, we also inspect key parameters such as longitudinal displacement and bearing rotations.

The challenges we face:

  • Accessibility: Bearings are not easy to reach. They are typically elevated at a height of six metres or more, and found within small cavity spaces or above water bodies.
  • Technology limitations: Current commercial-off-the-shelf drones are too large to fly close to the bearings and cannot capture close-up images in low-light. Instead, we would need to use scaffolds, cherry-pickers, and other specialised equipment to reach the bearings.
  • Human error: The work is manually done by people. This can result in parallax errors and inconsistency.
Helping Viaduct Bearing Inspection Take Flight

We approached Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to develop a drone to meet our inspection needs.

They designed a lightweight mini-drone not exceeding 230mm in length, that can connects to a ground power unit via a tethered-line. Components are encased within the drone’s body so the pilot can fly it to different heights and access small cavity spaces. This eliminates the need for elaborate setups for workers to manually inspect each bearing.

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Automatic and Accurate Measurements

At each location, the drone will take high-definition images covering the entire width of the bearing and a 3D image will be generated. An automatic AI-enabled displacement extraction framework will be run to extract critical infrastructure measurements. This ensures accuracy of the inspection.

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Reaching New Heights

The drone system will be used at viaduct bearing inspections for the NSEWL. It seeks to:

  1. Reduce the time taken to inspect each bearing from one hour to fifteen minutes
  2. Eliminate work-at-height risks and cumbersome logistical setups
  3. Allow for inspections to be done both during the day and night
  4. Improve accuracy and consistency of required measurements
  5. Overcome accessibility issues

We are exploring if the same drone system can be used in other areas such as ceiling inspections at MRT stations and road bridges.

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