Automotive innovator gets green light to test autonomous cars in SG

Desay SV Singapore, an automotive electronics innovator, was successfully awarded, the Vehicle Safety Assessment (Milestones 1) license by the Singapore Land Authority of Transport (LTA) and The Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles (CETRAN).

The M1 license permits Desay SV to carry out Autonomous Vehicle (AV) trials for unmanned vehicles within approved One-North test routes under an actual traffic environment. The approval was given in November 2019.

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Singapore is looking to be the leading global hub in the development of autonomous vehicle technology by exploring ways to leverage the latest AV technology for its land transport system. The launch of CETRAN in August 2016, a two-hectare test facility developed by LTA, NTU and JTC, sees Singapore’s efforts to spearhead the development of testing requirements and technology for AVs.

With this, LTA is able to work with partners to deploy new AV technologies safely on the public roads. For Desay SV, this is an opportunity as the company chose to set up its first overseas Research Division last year in Singapore to exclusively develop frontier technologies in Level 4 and Level 5 vehicle autonomy and automotive cybersecurity in collaboration with the Economic Development Board (EDB).

With the award of M1 license, in which Desay SV has successfully passed the first stage road tests (out of three stages), thus allowing its test vehicles to be tested on an authorized public road for AVs tests. Desay SV can look forward to executing its plan to meet the second stage road tests for Milestones 2 license, where Desay SV’s test vehicle will be assessed on advanced autonomy technologies and safety on designated public roads.

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