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    85,083 posts since Feb '08
    • 20 public buses in Singapore to trial blind-spot warning system

      SINGAPORE: Twenty public buses in Singapore now have a blind-spot warning system as part of a six-month trial, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said during a demonstration of the feature on Monday (Apr 16).

      The smart vehicle warning system, developed by Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics, alerts public bus drivers of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians approaching their blind spots while on the road.

      From Monday, 20 buses from all four of Singapore's public bus operators – Go-Ahead Singapore, SBS Transit, SMRT Corporation and Tower Transit Singapore – are trialling the feature. Ten of the vehicles are double-decker buses, while 10 are single-decked.

      The system, which is known as the Integrated Smart Advanced Warning Unit (I-SAW-U), consists of four cameras and six sensors installed at the front, rear and on top of the buses.

      When the sensors detect a vehicle, cyclist or pedestrian coming close to the vehicle, a screen at the bus driver's cockpit will sound an alarm and display a visual signal.

      The alert has two levels – amber and red. An amber alert means the obstacle is 1m away from the bus, while a red alert means when the obstacle is only between 0.5m and 0.8m away from the bus.

      Mr Lewis Tan, principal engineer for ST Kinetics, said that the system allows the driver to slow down the vehicle and stop in time to prevent any collision.

      "We want to give them better situational awareness around the vehicle. With that, we will help to enhance the safety of the drivers and commuters," he said.

      Mr Tan noted that the system is not meant to add to the task-loading of bus drivers.

      “This system, especially through the audio alerts, allows him to pre-empt the possible obstacles he will come across. Then … he can do a quick check on what is on the screen and this will help him determine where the threats are coming from.”

      Mr Tan said that at least 40 bus drivers from the four public bus operators have been trained to use the system.

      Mr Azman Tumin, a driver with Go-Ahead Singapore, said that while it took him some time to learn how to use the system, he felt that it was “not difficult” to apply it. He has since used it to drive on two occasions.

      “It’s straightforward to use the equipment and it will help us to ensure the safety of our driving. It reminds us of some hazardous obstacles we can encounter,” he said.

      Mr Tan highlighted that his team is still working to better use the I-SAW-U alert system.

      “In this phase of the project, we are still gathering feedback and data to improve the system, so it’s a continuous job to improve it,” he said.

      This proof-of-concept trial of the warning system is funded by LTA and ST Kinetics. LTA said it will review the results from the trial before deciding on the next course of action.

      The authority added that it will continue improving the technology for the safety of drivers and commuters.

      Source: CNA/am(hm)

  • SMB42P's Avatar
    5,570 posts since Jan '12
  • carbikebus's Avatar
    21,224 posts since Nov '03
    • GAS A95 already have the system...Too bad the in cab camera is too far from driver eye unlike the cam on B9TL and E500 which is easy to see and focus while doing reversing.

  • carbikebus's Avatar
    21,224 posts since Nov '03
    • Because of those sensors and cameras,GAS A95 not allowed to enter the automatic bus wash and will do twice a week manual washing 

  • wsy1234's Avatar
    1,671 posts since Aug '07
    • wow extra man power because of new tech. the best is the sensors that prevent the bus from getting too close to the front bus or car. didididi when the DD getting too close.

  • sgbuses's Avatar
    2,379 posts since Nov '05
  • carbikebus's Avatar
    21,224 posts since Nov '03
    • Originally posted by sgbuses:

      Doesn't Mobileye already exist for the exact same functions?

      Maybe STK want to show that their technology is comparable with the already established Mobileye.But again their product is too fragile for now.

  • A22 fan's Avatar
    268 posts since Jul '17
    • Seems that A24 has been missed out as they should have been included for this experiment as well.

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