Li Hongyi is working on improving the efficiency of transport in Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s son, Li Hongyi, recently spoke about how technology is impacting transport at a conference focusing on e-commerce, payments, banking and retail, Seamless Asia.

The son of Lee and state-owned wealth fund Temasek’s CEO Ho Ching, Hongyi presently serves as deputy director of product and engineering at the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech). Hongyi is one of the key developers behind Parking.sg -an application that allows drivers in Singapore to pay for parking digitally.

Having previously been employed at Google, the MIT graduate has been with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore for over 4 years, since December 2013. According to his LinkedIn profile, Hongyi is now in charge of increasing interest in computer science education in Singapore, redesigning and reimplementing data.gov.sg, and improving the transport network using sensors and optimisation algorithms.

Touching on how the launch of Parking.sg could be improved, the grandson of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew also spoke about a new invention that Govtech is working on that aims to improve the efficiency of transport in Singapore.

The invention, an application called Beeline, is a crowdsourcing platform for commuters to “activate more direct, private express bus routes that cater to their travel needs, especially during peak periods,” according to GovTech’s website.

Elaborating at Seamless Asia, Hongyi said that the approaches for transport in Singapore has been more focused on connectivity in the past, as opposed to efficiency. This means that commuters may have to have a longer travel time since bus lines will make multiple stops to serve a wider area of commuters.

Explaining that “as the country grows, it doesn’t make sense for 10 buses to go everywhere,” Hongyi said that the new Beeline application aims to cut down travel times from say 60 minutes to 30 minutes, before further reducing travel times to say 10 minutes.

Parking.sg was developed under the leadership of PM Lee’s son, Li Hongyi

106 COMMENTS

    • I respect Tan Kenny bring out the idea. It will be if Malaysia can tsunami … chance is very little eq to zero , you know little dot and bolehland mobilize all kind of troop to make sure they win, just like the cable car incident

  1. Not interested in politics? At such a young age, holding key positions in state owned enterprises. It has all the signs of becoming a pap candidate soon. So the Lee siblings were right that he will eventually be the next pm. No interest in politics?!!! Papa has set the path for you already. Not for you to choose but you are chosen just like himself.

  2. No respect for chain of command NS (1st LT) Li/Lee Hong Yi can easily reach for the activation button at moments notice to activate RSAF Chinook to improve transport efficiency of SG!

  3. This reminds you of a quote from Li Shengwu : “The thing about being not interested (in politics) can remain uninterested until you become interested.”

  4. Well if he is an exceptional talent, why not ? No many talents with exceptional qualities may be willing to sacrifice their good life for a grueling public service. It’s not a bed of roses for those who are not up to it. But for anyone aspiring for the top jobs, they have to be all round exceptional otherwise there will be no credibility.

  5. Lai Liao lai liao ……the plot casted , the show begins …KNN ! 2020 readied him as co member of GRC & then ………the rest of the script play out!

    • Siva, your Hokkien is Tork Kong! Hahaha. Seriously, this is a very DIRTY and HURTFUL joke at OUR EXPENSE. Li Hong Yi must prove himself. But, from the records of his misconduct when he pulled rank with his superiors in the army because his father is Mee Siam Mai Hum dishonourable son he must be watched with extra caution. Honestly, if he is TRULY good and can DELIVER then why not? But, NO, I don’t believe that he has what it takes to be PM or a leader for that matter. FAR from it! Again, We Are Free To Choose. My irrevocable recommendation: Vote FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT. That’s The Way TOWARDS The Better Singapore for ALL! NO Discrimination whatsoever. We Are SMALL Enough To Care!

  6. this is called a slow n soft introduction, waiting patiently for the next big opportunity to come then someone will strongly recommend n with those mp uncle’s unanimous support….can remember that cable car incident?

  7. Now i understand the very long term planning why SMRT is allowed to cut down on maintenance and breakdown over the past few years. Paving the path for credits n glory to testify of ability. Exactly the same as the cable car incident though we knew who the real heroes were.

  8. survey show more than 90% of Singaporean are satisfied with the transport system, so why is there a need for efficiency improvement leh?

  9. Many hit shows from yesterday have been remaked with younger modern day artistes eg Hawaii Five O. So for this show “Singapore”, who will repraised the seat warmer role played by “artiste” Goh Chok Tong? Lol

  10. Dad came into limelight directing cable cars rescue mission at Sentosa in 1983. Son directing mission to improve our transport efficiency in 2018?

  11. The next successor of the Lee Dynasty is on show now ! His arrogant Father is showing off his new invention in the Sg Transport System ?!?

  12. Disgusting elites never suffer
    Easily become top directors
    of stinking govt agencies
    Beware lorry fkg slam the unjust untruthful elites into Hell

  13. “Hideous and hidden” Son of “dishonourable son” leetator-ascension propaganda starts!

    “BIG DATA SMART POLICED NATION” of PAPigapore starting with “efficien-see or surveillance transport” to spy on ALL SINGAPOREANS’ PRIVACY starts!!!!

  14. So if this guy can make it happen. It goes to show that the rest of them has been sitting on their backside, twiddling thumbs and collecting fat paychecks and bonus. If these were the top guys, best of the best SG can produce…. Heaven help us.

  15. Their mouth say they have no political ambition for another PM Lee to be selected but their action tells a different story though.

  16. If a person is capable and just, then surely it does not matter if the future PM is the son of LHL or son / daughter of so & so or not…

  17. Lai liao lor, lai liao lor…. next potential PM in Singapore… this is the true reason…but is he married with son? Else how to make sure its passes down to the next next generation? No other talent in Sillypore to realise this innovation???

  18. Finally the inevitable appearance of Captain Marvel to save the universe. Just in time for Captain America, err sorry is Captain Singapore to make a grand safe departure.

  19. Sianz lor every time read about Temasek being state own.. what we really benefit from it? Or just the company justify it self as state own to take its people’s money to use!

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