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LTA, SSC roll out new guidelines to ensure safe deployment of autonomous vehicles in S’pore

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Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Singapore Standards Council (SSC) announced today (September 3) an enhancement of provisional national standards to ensure the safe deployment of fully autonomous vehicles (AV) in Singapore.

The enhanced standards, technical reference (TR) 68, are updated with new guidelines on machine learning applications, management of software updates, cybersecurity principles and testing framework.

In a joint media release, LTA and SSC said that these new updates will help to pace the launch of AVs alongside recent advancements in technology.

With the new TR 68, driverless vehicles in Singapore can smoothly transition from developmental stages to being used on the roads.

“It also provides updated safety guidelines for the test-bedding of AV solutions on Singapore roads. To facilitate the co-creation of smart mobility solutions and enhance AV interoperability among different service providers, the revised standards feature updates to data types and formats,” they added.

These enhancements come after a review conducted between March 2020 and July 2021, managed by Enterprise Singapore. The review was led by four SSC-appointed groups, and backed by the LTA.

New TR 68 to support AV ecosystem in Singapore

The TR serves to guide industry players in deploying AV solutions, helping to grow the local AV ecosystem of startups, SMEs, and testing inspection and certification service providers.

To facilitate the effective understanding and implementation of TR 68, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation – Standards Development Organisation will be conducting a workshop for companies this October.

Since its first publication of in 2019, over 200 enterprises have accessed the TR 68.

The updated TR 68 is available for purchase on the Singapore Standards webstore in four parts — basic behavior, safety, cybersecurity principles and assessment framework, and vehicular data types and formats — and cost S$342.70 in total.

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