Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will feature heavily in Singapore's Smart Mobility 2030 plan. Officially announced at the end of 2014, “Smart Mobility 2030” is Singapore’s master plan that outlines how the country will develop its Intelligent Transport System (ITS) over the next 15 years.
3 Key Strategies and 4 focal areas were identified to help steer Singapore towards achieving the ITS vision.
The Smart Mobility 2030 master plan would take urban mobility to a new level, in Land Transport Authority (LTA) chief executive Chew Hock Yong’s words. “In the past, Intelligent Transport Systems were often infrastructure-reliant. Today, greater emphasis is placed on data collection, analytics and the availability of relevant, useful information on the move.”
With the collection and distribution of high-quality information being provided to diverse users, a safer and better travel experience can be created: For example, accurate information on crowd levels in buses and trains, warnings delivered to drivers via in-vehicle devices so some accidents can be avoided.
Implementation of "Smart mobility 2030" is already underway, with plans to test self driving buses in the 2nd half of 2016 and an upgrade of the current road pricing system to a satellite based one to be rolled out by 2020
Self Driving Buses and Satellite Based Road Pricing
LTA hopes to deploy a network of demand-responsive shared vehicles to form a new mobility system for intra- and inter-town travel. Introduction of these autonomous vehicles will provide convenient point-to-point transport mode within towns, and help reduce the reliance less on private cars. In time to come, these self-driving buses operating on fixed routes and scheduled timings will also help reduce the heavy reliance on manpower,
Another measure to reduce congestion on the roads is the introduction of a Satellite based road pricing system. The first phase of the implementation will be for all motor vehicles to be fixed with a sophisticated, smartphone-sized in-vehicle unit which will be able to alert drivers of priced roads in advance, inform them of charges, and provide real-time traffic information. Armed with this information, drivers can better decide when to drive, which route to take, or leave the car at home and take public transport instead.
The implementations of these various projects is to cope with Singapore’s changing demographic and socio-economic landscape. Resident population has increased significantly from 3.5 million in the late 1990s to more than 5.3 million today (2015). With an area of just 716km , transportation has to compete for land use against other essential needs, such as housing, economic infrastructure and recreation uses. In the face of growing vehicle population and limited land for road expansion, Intelligent Transport Systems would play an important role to enhance transportation services to maintain delightful travel experiences
Join the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore at the 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform which will be held on the 18-19 of August in Kuala Lumpur as they share insights into the Smart Mobility 2030 Masterplan to better manage Singapore's land transport development.