Singapore has released a set of national standards to guide the local industry in the “safe” development and rollout of autonomous vehicles, outlining guidelines related to vehicle behaviour, functional safety, cybersecurity, and data formats. Called Technical Reference 68 (TR 68), the standards were developed over the past year by various representatives from the autonomous vehicle sector, research and education institutions, and government agencies. The effort was led by the Singapore Standards Council’s Manufacturing Standards Committee and also included advice from overseas experts, according to a statement Thursday jointly released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Enterprise Singapore, Standards Development Organisation, and Singapore Standards Council. Singapore must practise what it preaches to become smart nation Country’s population cannot be expected to innovate and think outside the box if its government agencies aren’t leading by example. Read More They noted that TR 68 would be further refined as autonomous vehicle technology continued to mature and the industry provided further feedback. Permanent Secretary for Transport and chairman of the Committee on Autonomous Road Transport for Singapore, Loh Ngai Seng, said plans were underway to launch a pilot deployment of autonomous vehicles in Punggol, Tengah, and Jurong Innovation District in the early 2020s, and TR 68 would help guide industry players in “the safe and effective deployment” of such vehicles in the city-state. Enterprise Singapore’s director-general of quality and excellence group Choy Sauw Kook said: “In addition to safety, TR 68 provides a strong foundation that will ensure interoperability of data and cybersecurity that… [Read full story]
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