Continental and EasyMile inaugurate new joint autonomous driving R&D team in Singapore

SINGAPORE, 15 November 2018 – A joint R&D team from Continental and EasyMile will commence work on solutions for driverless mobility at the Singapore corporate building. Headquartered in Toulouse, EasyMile is a pioneer in the development of autonomous vehicle solutions. The new joint team’s work focus will be to develop new technology centered on perception and deep learning and to prepare autonomous vehicle (AV) technology for tests towards safe deployments on private grounds and public roads in the Singaporean metro area. During the inauguration of the R&D initiative and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the guests can already get a preview towards driverless mobility by riding the electrically powered Continental Urban Mobility Experience development platform, powered by EasyMile software.

The Republic of Singapore is a highly innovative city-state and a strong economical focal point within the whole Asia region. With a regulatory sandbox for AVs in place, Singapore has the flexibility to quickly adjust its regulatory framework to support the fast pace of development of AV technology while safeguarding public safety. Autonomous systems feature prominently in its plans to improve the transport system in Singapore. AVs, in particular, are seen to have the potential to enhance first- and last-mile connectivity between peoples’ homes and nearby public transport nodes.

In order to move the field forward, Singapore is engaging in intensive dialogue with leading industrial companies to develop driverless solutions as soon as possible to complement and maintain efficient urban mobility.

“Our Singapore location is one of our largest R&D locations in Asia already. Its position is strategic as Singapore is one of Asia’s four tigers, and an important financial and trade center. With the joint autonomous driving R&D team we have expanded the network of our Automated Driving project house by another important location. Together with EasyMile we are proud to prepare a contribution to the Singapore Smart City Initiative. It is a privilege for our AV team to be part of this journey into the future. The results can be used as a blueprint for the deployment of driverless systems also in other regions of the world.” says Ralph Lauxmann, Head of Systems & Technology, member of the Chassis & Safety management board, and Head of the Automated Driving project house at Continental.

“I am delighted to further extend the already deep collaboration between Continental and EasyMile. For the past four years, EasyMile has demonstrated its leadership in deploying reliable and safe autonomous systems. Continental and EasyMile joint R&D team in Singapore is an important step to accelerate the development of new technology for global markets as well as to benefit of the advance and dynamism of Singapore’s autonomous driving ecosystem to further test our products.” says Gilbert Gagnaire, Founder and CEO of EasyMile.

“Once our new R&D team is up and running, its long-term perspective is to ready an AV based on Continental and EasyMile’s global expertise for the roads of Singapore and to shape safe driverless solutions. Intelligent transportation systems are one of our established business pillars in Singapore. We are building on that strength by adding another focus to our strong R&D.” says Kien Foh Lo, Managing Director of Continental Automotive Singapore.

“We welcome Continental and Easymile’s decision to build autonomous vehicle R&D capabilities in Singapore. The two companies’ joint decision underscores Singapore’s attractiveness as a location to develop, test and commercialise new AV technologies.” says Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Director of Transport Engineering, Economic Development Board (EDB) Singapore.

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