Generation Group Rapid Transit (GRT)-01

Singapore is set to have driverless cars in the country by the end of 2016 – to serve as public transportation. In a joint-venture between SMRT Service and Netherlands-based 2 Getthere Holding (2getthere), both will market, supply and operate 2getthere’s automated vehicle systems in Asia Pacific.

Said vehicles are able to operate autonomously regardless of weather conditions, using artificial landmarks as navigation. The Group Rapid Transit (GRT) vehicles, now in its third generation, will be able to carry some 24 passengers each.

The Vulcan Post reports that the interior configuration is flexible with eight or 12 seats, and allowing eight to 12 standing passengers. Meanwhile, said vehicle can operate as a low-cost automated transit system to cater for up to 8,000 passengers per hour in a single direction.

There will be automated doors which can open on both sides. The GRT is also capable of accommodating wheelchairs. Moreover, the air-conditioning is said to be integrated into the ceiling, therefore providing ample height and space for passengers who are standing.

The GRT is a fully-electric public transport that utilises a LiFePO4 battery. It said to be able to travel at speeds of 40 km/h. Moreover, the vehicle will be equipped with safety features for protection of its occupants, one of which includes an obstacle detection system.