'Some years' before new satellite-based ERP is ready: Minister
Tests are still ongoing and if the system is found to be technically feasible, there are still some years to go before launch. -AsiaOne
Tue, Feb 28, 2012
The development of the new satellite-tracked Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system is still in its "early stages", Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo said in response to questions in Parliament on Tuesday.
Tests are still ongoing to make sure that the system is technically feasible and reliable in a built-up city like Singapore, she said.
And if the system is technically feasible, it is still "some years" before the system is ready to be launched and implemented, Mrs Teo added.
Satellite signals may bounce off tall buildings in built-up areas like Singapore, resulting in patchy accuracy, earlier reports said.
When the technology is proven, the Government will then study how to use the new system to influence motorists' usage of vehicles.
A tender for the project was awarded to four parties last year to conduct a system evaluation test for the next-generation ERP system.
According to The Straits Times, the four are Kapsch TrafficCom; MHI Engine System Asia & NCS; ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) & IBM Singapore; and Watchdata Technologies & Beijing Watchdata System.
Each party will receive $1 million in seed funding "to design, develop and demonstrate technological solutions".
The new system may charge motorists according to where they go and how much distances they clock.
Edited by Billcoke, 28 February 2012 - 03:27 PM.