Singapore is in Talks with Firms to Test Human-carrying Drones to Serve as ‘Flying Taxis’

The Hoversurf Scorpion, a human-carrying drone developed by a Russian startup, has already been prototyped and could be an urban-mobility option for Singapore.

Flying vehicles may just be a part of Singapore’s transport network in the near future; in fact, the Ministry of Transport says that you can “bet your money” on it.

It has already taken initial steps to make it happen. The ministry’s top official has told The Business Times that it is in talks with some companies to start trials on drones that can carry passengers.

But human-carrying drones are not the only newfangled modes of transport to come to Singapore down the road – on-demand buses that ply dynamic routes may soon feature in Singapore’s public bus network as well.

These ideas were unveiled on Wednesday at the second Business Times Leaders’ Forum, where the ministry gave an idea of its vision for urban mobility in 2030 Singapore.

Speaking to more than 400 participants, Permanent Secretary Pang Kin Keong listed some of the trends and technologies his ministry is looking at for Singapore’s future transportation mix.

Noting that the availability and affordability of data and the rise of artificial intelligence are already upending the transport sector globally, Mr Pang stressed, however, that Singapore’s transport industry is up against land and manpower constraints.

These constraints and trends will result in a different transport landscape for Singapore by 2030, although trains will still continue to be the core of Singapore’s public transport system, he said.

By 2030, there will be a rich and growing range of urban-mobility means.

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SOURCE: SOON WEILUN 
The Business Times