Smart Urban Mobility: How Singapore Is Achieving This Big Goal

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The government of Singapore is envisioning big things for making the public transport system more reliable, comfortable, and convenient for people.

Under the Smart Urban Mobility initiative, the government is working with transport operators and other partners to bring digital technologies into the public transport systems and make Singapore a car-lite nation. 

How Singapore Is Achieving This Big Goal

Public transit is a critical component of urban transportation in Singapore. The Land Transport Authority and public and private operators such as SMRT Corporation are collaborating to reshape the transportation landscape. This is how Singapore is achieving its smart urban mobility goal:

1. Smart Mobility 2030 is a joint development between the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of Singapore (ITSS). The joint committee will oversee the ITS strategic plan to make Singapore a more connected and interactive land transport community.

2. LTA will use transport data collection technologies to analyse data from commuters' fare cards in order to identify commuter hotspots. This will help to better manage bus fleets. LTA will use predictive analytics and data visualisation tools to determine transport trends, travel behaviours and possible traffic scenarios.

3. The government will conduct a trial of hands-free ticketing technology that allows people with mobility challenges to enter and exit train stations easily. The trial for hands-free ticketing technology will start in public buses first later this year.

4. The government is conducting trials on autonomous vehicles. It is gaining insights on how autonomous vehicles can fill in the gaps in service coverage and strengthen intra-town connectivity. If the trials are completed successfully, autonomous vehicles will improve mobility for commuters, especially the elderly and persons with disabilities.

5. Similarly, mass rapid transit operator SMRT is planning to change its entire taxi fleet to electric vehicles within five years. SMRT will launch 300 electric sedans, station wagons and multi-purpose vehicles to meet the diverse needs of the market. Strides Mobility, a subsidiary of SMRT, has also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Euro Sports Technologies to develop, deploy and distribute smart electric motorcycles in Singapore and the surrounding region. SMRT Chairman, Seah Moon Ming, said: “Moving forward, in support of the Land Transport Master Plan 2040’s aim to have cleaner and greener vehicles for a more environmentally sustainable land transport sector, SMRT Taxis will move from our current 100% cleaner, hybrid standard taxi fleet to exploring suitable Electric Vehicle (EV) models.”

6. Singapore Mobility Challenge is jointly organised by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA), SBS Transit, SMRT and co-organised by Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Mobility Challenge. Under this initiative, the organisers are looking for startups that can provide next-generation of public transportation app, help to reduce crowd during peak hours, and enable better integration of lifestyle and commute.

Conclusion

Over two-thirds of people in Singapore commute daily on public buses and trains. Technology can help to improve the lives of commuters and enhance the country’s public transport system. Smart Urban Mobility is one such initiative by the government and operators. From Smart Mobility 2030, electric vehicles launched by SMRT to Singapore Mobility Challenge, these initiatives will help the country to build technological solutions that can benefit the public transport industry and commuters.

 

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