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Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Cities, Featured, Science & Technology, Transportation | 2 comments

Why Singapore is ground zero for the robot car revolution


It’s a tiny, flat, wealthy island where the locals adore technology. It’s also ruled by authoritarian technocrats who can push through daunting proposals with ease. There are few places in the world better poised to embrace driverless cars than Singapore — and in the race to roll out autonomous vehicles commercially, the Southeast Asian city-state may…

  • Sal Monela

    Not at all surprising. I visited Singapore last year and the city is the most technologically advanced and efficient place I have ever been in. The public transportation system is a marvel and the city itself is an urban paradise. It is spotlessly clean.
    I don’t know much about the government but this is not the place to flaunt the rules. If you like to chew gum, leave it on the plane. It is contraband in Singapore.

  • Bob Munck

    Singapore is a fascinating place — Disneyland with the death penalty. When my wife and I were there, attending a conference and teaching short courses at the university, the government had just decided that too many girls were choosing to go to college instead of having babies while they were young and healthy. So they stopped it. Well, not entirely, and not with egregiously draconian steps, but pretty decisively. Quotas, reduction of scholarships, fees, “educational” broadcasts, etc.

    Read William Gibson’s article in WIRED, here: It’s a bit out of date, but captures the flavor as only Gibson can.

    One other interesting point about Singapore: the roads and streets all have tremendous, deep culverts and storm drains to handle the tropical deluges that occur frequently. I wonder how a robot car will handle ten-inches-per-hour rainfall.

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