Auto electronics supplier, Delphi Corporation, will start testing self-driving vehicles in Singapore next year with a goal of putting them into public use by 2022. According to them, testing will be limited to six vehicles with human backup drivers inside One North, a large mixed-use residential and industrial park on the west side of the island city-state.
Delphi was picked by the authority for the tests after an autonomous Audi made a trip across the U.S. in 2015, according to the company. The testing was announced Monday in Singapore. Two other test sites in the U.S. and Europe will be revealed later. By 2022, Delphi hopes to have autonomous pods hauling goods and people without pedals, steering wheels or human backup drivers.
Glen De Vos, vice president of Delphi’s services business unit, said the goal is to show off the company’s self-driving equipment and connect it to infrastructure. He also said that it would help the company figure out what computing platform is needed for autonomous cars, and what displays and infotainment are needed in the cars
The test will start in Singapore because the country is progressive in planning transit options, and it was among the first governments to seek the test. Delphi also makes driver assist sensors and develops electronic controls in Singapore, which gives it a presence.