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Volvo presents self-driving bus in Singapore

Nanyang Technological University, or NTU, said on Tuesday that it designed the first full-size, autonomous electric bus with Volvo Bussar AB. The endeavor was started with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in late 2016 with the intention to test such vehicles, including for scheduled rides. Volvo Bus Corp.'s single-deck 7900 model has 12 meters, 36 seats and the capacity of up to 80 people.

The statement highlights cybersecurity features and reveals the vehicle would be soon put to trial at the so-called Smart Campus. The initial testing was performed at its Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous vehicles at NTU (CETRAN). Volvo AB's unit and the scientists from the university have also achieved a cut in energy expenditure of four fifths against an equivalent diesel engine system, according to the announcement.

Volvo Buses used its Autonomous Research Platform with light detection and ranging sensors (LIDARS), three-dimensional imaging and a sophisticated navigation satellite system with the accuracy of up to one centimeter. Volvo Group also installed a tracker for the lateral and angular rate. Another bus is planned for testing by the island city state's public transport operator SMRT. ABB Ltd. supplied the charging system.

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