Look Ma, No Driver
Torque Singapore|July - August 2019

Autonomous cars will soon become a part of our daily lives, for better or worse.

Driverless cars in movies like Minority Report and I, Robot used to transport me into the future. In the blink of an eye, the future has (almost) arrived.

Most major car manufacturers already offer some form of semi-autonomous features in their cars that assist with a range of parking, lane-keeping and cruising functions among others.

These are classified under autonomy Level 1 and Level 2, where the driver still needs to exercise varying degrees of control, but the vehicle is able to stay in lane, accelerate or brake to maintain a certain speed or distance with the vehicle in front, and apply emergency braking etc.

Full autonomy without any human monitoring or intervention takes place at Level 5 when the vehicle is able to operate independently in every scenario and under any conditions.

At this level, it can even do without a steering wheel altogether. It is predicted that many carmakers will be able to achieve self-driving on highways, which falls under Level 3, by 2020.

In Singapore, self-driving vehicles are being tested on lightly used public roads at designated areas such as One-North and Science Park, but these are not yet driverless for safety reasons.

A self-driving bus may start plying the roads near the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) later this year.

NTU and Volvo have also launched a 12m-long autonomous electric bus, supposedly the world’s first.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM TORQUE SINGAPOREView All

The Power Of Toys

When it comes to challenging gender stereotypes, there is more to toys than meets the eye.

3 mins read
Torque Singapore
September - October 2019

Look Ma, No Driver

Autonomous cars will soon become a part of our daily lives, for better or worse.

3 mins read
Torque Singapore
July - August 2019

Separated At Birth

Built on identical platforms and utilising the same drivetrains, the 3008 and Grandland X are like fraternal twins raised by different parents. Which parent did a better job?

4 mins read
Torque Singapore
July 2018

Fast And Frugal

Porsche’s new Cayenne E-Hybrid provides more oomph and a longer emission-free range than its predecessor.

5 mins read
Torque Singapore
July 2018

A Hop To Hobbit Hole

On a journey to visit “The Shire” in New Zealand, this writer drove two BMWs and formed a fellowship with three journos, the shortest of whom turned out to be a Singaporean hobbit.

5 mins read
Torque Singapore
July 2018

Cars And Effect

Do private-hire cars tarnish the image of a brand? If so, why are car companies jostling for a piece of the blue-label market?

3 mins read
Torque Singapore
July 2018

Her World Of Motoring - It's A Jungle Out There!

Walking the streets of Singapore is no longer a walk in the park.

2 mins read
Torque Singapore
July 2018

Internal Kongbustion - A Love Note To Noodles

Our new columnist is a physician who is also a certified petrolhead and one of the Torque team’s core contributors.

4 mins read
Torque Singapore
July 2018

How Owning A Hefty Motorcycle Can Harm Your Health

Sarjeet recounts how owning a hefty motorcycle can harm one’s health and cause irreparable damage to your ego.

2 mins read
Torque Singapore
March 2019

Mercedes Benz B Class Now Crusher Than Ever

Mercedes-Benz’s all-new Sport Tourer offers even more comfort and refinement than its predecessor.

5 mins read
Torque Singapore
March 2019