Singapore has an ambitious and world leading interest in promoting the advancement of autonomous and intelligent transport solutions. International standards have been slow to emerge, so although short in experience, Singapore authorities were intent on collating and debating input from industry for best practice considerations for the approval of highly autonomous vehicle operations on public roads. These practices included safety and security and data management considerations, needed to be flexible, risk based and non-prescriptive, so as not to discourage or unduly reduce the innovative approaches available to Singapore.
In December 2017, Nova Systems was invited by the Singapore Standards Council to provide technical expertise for the creation of technical references to support the deployment of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs). Nova Systems’ technical experts were requested to participate in working groups responsible for the development of operational and functional safety requirements. Work was conducted over several working group meetings during 2018, where Nova Systems provided an influential role in authoring Singapore’s Technical Reference 68 (TR68), published in January 2019.
Nova Systems supported two of the working groups related to the safety of AV operations and shared safety regulatory experience from multiple high-risk industry domains such as aviation (including recent Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operational safety assessment techniques), rail, and novel technologies in defence systems and weapons. Working with safety experts from Siemens and TÜV SÜD, and with industry experience from nuTonomy and the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of AVs NTU (Cetran) test facility, the Nova Systems team helped negotiate the conflicting inputs down to a coherent structure and key principles content of the Technical Reference, to meet the challenging Singapore Standards Brief and timetable.
Nova Systems is proud to be considered by the Singapore Standards Council as an industry technical safety expert and to contribute where it has a unique capability to do so.