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A car that drives itself for Singapore’s elderly maybe soon to arrive

This new automated form of transportation will not need a physical driver enabling the elderly and disabled to get around easily

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MooVita recently launched MooAV, best described as a huge robotic bug self-driving vehicle. MooAV is considered the car of the future.

As Singapore rapidly ages at a faster rate compared to the rest of the world, MooVita’s technology will be very helpful to provide mobility and assistance for seniors as it is an autonomous vehicle (AV).

The research on the vehicle was conducted by Subodh Mhaisalkar of Nanyang’s Energy Research Institute.

The institute’s self-driving research is currently evaluating how groups such as seniors or disabled individuals can benefit from the technology.

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Another concern is the lack of or possible shortage of bus drivers in the future. So developing a new form of public transportation without the need of a physical driver is being studied.

MooVita is a startup firm that currently pioneers the testing of several autonomous vehicles like MooAV in a special Singaporean center that seeks to promote the self-driving car technology.

Other startups worldwide are coming together for the track that houses an urban location in over 5 acres of the land area situated at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. The roads are designed like a city built with stop lights, crosswalks, traffic signs and even with a rain simulator.

Dillip Limbu, MooVita’s CEO, noted all these are part of the package in the evaluation of how autonomous cars respond to all these simulated elements.

He added MooAV’s unconventional design is purposely built. The real intention is to catch the public’s attention that this is not an ordinary car.

In an interview, he said he wants MooAV to be noticeably different creating a first impression of being quirky and to stand out from the rest of the other vehicles.

Nanyang’s projects like testing these tracks have made the city-state a global hub for creating self-driving cars.

This brings Singapore to the limelight by engaging in advancing the tech sector and providing a venue to discuss several challenges and potential solutions.

AVS are already seen with ordinary cars on Singapore’s roads passing through the designated towns and zones.

Singapore has initiated limitations to ensure things are done in moderation. Speed limits are set at 30 kilometers per hour (19 mph) and the availability of a driver is imposed by law.

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