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Development of Singapore AV Standards

Development of Singapore AV Standards

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.  


Key People

Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water and utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager within Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Jim Kira

Program Manager - Transport

Jim is responsible for strategic direction and growth of Nova’s Transport Program encompassing rail, ...

Jim is responsible for strategic direction and growth of Nova’s Transport Program encompassing rail, ferries, ports, automotive and autonomous vehicles. Jim’s background includes aerospace engineering, systems engineering and project management in Defence and senior commercial and operations management experience in the Finance and Renewables industries in Australia, the U.K. and Europe.

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