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  • Writer's pictureSerge Lambermont

Unsettled Issues Concerning Automated Driving Services in the Smart City Infrastructure (Jan 2022)

Updated: Feb 1, 2022

Serge Lambermont, Autobotik Pte Ltd

Niels de Boer, CETRAN Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles (supported by the Singapore Land Transport Authority LTA and Nanyang Technological University NTU)

Edge Development Team

Andrew Bevan, Jacobs Bo Chen, Enway (and Stefanie Ullrich) Junsung Kim, PhD, Independent Researcher Prof. Emeritus Pieter Jonker, Delft University of Technology, Department of Cognitive Robotics Yong Heng So, PhD, Autove Pte Ltd and Neolix Technologies

Information and communication technology is fundamentally changing the way we live and operate in cities. Citizens now enjoy continuous connectivity with the benefits of instant access to events, transportation, bookings, payments, and other services. At the same time, three “megatrends” in the automotive industry—self-driving, electrification, and advanced manufacturing technology—are enabling the design of innovative, appli- cation-specific vehicles that capitalize on city connectivity. These developments are targeting new transportation, utility, and logistics solutions often directly connected to a city’s digital ecosystem. Applications could be countless; however, they also need to be safe and securely integrated into a city’s physical and digital infrastructure, and into the overall urban ecosystem.

This report first looks at the current state of the industry, the developments in automated driving and robotics, and how these new urban, self-driving city applica- tions are different. Three examples of applications with associated challenges are provided, and the importance of integration into the city ecosystem is reviewed. Lastly, higher level challenges for urban applications are further analyzed. Ultimately, this report includes several options for sharing lessons learned among different cities and their stakeholders.

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