Delphi's autonomous vehicles will have a dedicated route in Singapore (Photo: Delphi)

Delphi will conduct a mobility-on-demand trial in Singapore, providing a fleet of driverless vehicles for the test and developing a cloud-based software suite for the purpose.

The US-based automotive supplier said the test involves an urban, point-to-point, low-speed autonomous-vehicle project in Singapore's Autonomous Vehicle Test Bed. This is located at a business park in the western part of the island state.

The trial is part of Singapore's Autonomous Vehicle Initiative, which was launched in 2014 with the aim of providing new-mobility solutions for the country. The authorities were particularly interested in ways for commuters to more easily get from mass transit stations to their homes or work places and back. Improvements in this area could increase the use of public transport and reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions.

Delphi is deploying technology in Singapore that is has already used in trials in the US. The system offers cloud-based software servicing capability that is integrated with the vehicles that are used. The technology is vehicle-agnostic and can be used with passenger cars, buses, commercial vehicles or other modes of transportation.

The Singapore pilot program, which will last for three years, could be turned into an operational service by 2022.