Innovators Needed - Land Transport Authority

Are you up for the challenge?

After 101 entries, here are our finalists from the following categories:



A unique public transport system featuring autonomous vehicles.
by Nanyang Technological University

Inspired by bridging the gap between public and private transport systems into a more efficient solution, the team came up with the idea of autonomous vehicles that offer the on-demand availability of cars and taxis, with the ride-sharing aspect of bus services for efficiency. The high-tech transportation network is designed to work via a dedicated phone application that’s based on route optimization.


An independent transport system that runs on fixed routes.
by National University of Singapore

Designed to complement the current public transport system and improve its efficiency in HDB towns not readily accessible by MRT, the Auto-Smart Bus (ASB) is an independent transport system. It consists of the auto-bus, which can run on fixed routes, and the smart calling system, which directs the nearest auto-bus to go to the corresponding stop once it is called.


A mobile app designed to improve the walking experience.
by Nanyang Technological University

In an effort to encourage more people to walk, the project aims to improve the walking experience of residents by developing a mobile application. The app will be integrated with Google Maps API, allowing users to contribute inputs such as road works, construction and traffic to the database. Largely financed by crowd-funding, the team plans to test the application and map over several walking routes in the South Spine area of the NTU campus.


A collection of live traffic feed to prevent congestion.
by Singapore Institute of Technology

The project aims to collect live traffic information at various traffic junctions to prevent traffic congestions. The computer simulation will analyse the traffic information and use vehicular telematics to improve the travel efficiency, carbon emission, and fuel consumption of vehicles. The final prediction will be transmitted to users so that they can avoid using certain roads, thereby reducing road congestion.


A modified electric scooter with a self-returning function.
by Nanyang Technological University

Capitalizing on the growing trend of self-driving cars and the increasing popularity of personal electric scooters, this project creates a modified electric scooter with a self-returning function that enables it to drive back to pre-programmed locations after use. The users scan their IC/EZlink card to start and end the ride, upon which each S-REV enters into a driverless mode and uses its internal GPS system with multiple motion sensors to return to its docking station.


A smart bicycle sharing solution.
by Singapore University of Technology and Design

Based on a 4-model system, the project features a smart bicycle sharing solution to make short distance commutes in Singapore easier. The mobile application will help users to locate and rent bicycles. An electronic device attached to the bike will send its location to the server periodically. The bicycle will be fitted with an automated lock that can be controlled remotely via the server, and will be used to control access to the bike.


Developing cycling infrastructure using crowd-based data.
by Singapore University of Technology and Design

In order to promote cycling in Singapore, the project aims to use crowd-based data to develop a cycling infrastructure on an urban scale. The computer software will collect users’ travel pattern using GPS and visualise it in the form of routes fit for cycling. A proper data representation of the most used routes will enable the planning authorities to understand the needs of the commuting cyclists when it comes to developing cycling infrastructure in the future.

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A special GPS-equipped wheelchair for the elderly.
by Temasek Polytechnic

The project was based on the observation that there is a rising number of elderly people in Singapore who rely on wheelchairs as their daily mode of transport. The team’s idea was a first-of-its-kind prototype wheelchair that would help older people navigate safely home. It would be equipped with a simple motor mechanism, GPS, a mobile application and an automatic direction controller, that would facilitate the person’s movements, especially those suffering from dementia.


Extending train carriages at both ends for increased capacity.
by Singapore Polytechnic

To answer the problem of a rapid increase in the number of commuters, the project aims at increasing the passenger capacity of each train, without having to increase its frequency. Hence, the team proposed extended train carriages at both ends of the track to increase passenger capacity per trip, especially during peak hours. The project will use a computer simulation to show how the train doors at the station open while the extended carriage doors remain closed, while also showing the interior functions of the seat configuration.


A modified signal light to reduce accidents.
by Nanyang Polytechnic

The idea behind the project was to create a more visible light signal system for driverless vehicles, making the car signals clearer, more direct and obvious to other drivers, to facilitate a safer lane-changing environment. This includes modifying the signal light, and including a horn system to reduce accident rates on the roads.


A special retractable seat for the priority group.
by ITE (Central)

In order to prevent general commuters from taking advantage of the priority/reserved seats, the innovative idea features replacing those seats with a prototype consisting of a retractable seat with a smart card reader, a push release button and an electromagnetic lock. The elderly can access the seat by tapping their senior citizen EZlink cards, while the disabled, pregnant, or other persons in need can approach the bus captain to unlock the chair using the push button at the captain's seat.


An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to inspect MRT tunnels.
by Singapore Polytechnic

The team proposes using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to inspect long, deep MRT tunnels. The first-of-its-kind, the UAV will provide efficient, periodic inspection of the tunnels, mapping and detecting any structural irregularities present. It will also utilise a synchronised flashing and imaging mechanism (by equipping it with a camera and lighting system) for a 360 degrees’ tunnel surface visualisation and interactive inspection system.


A bicycle and scooter kiosk for faster travel.
by Republic Polytechnic

Inspired by the need for a greener transport system that can help reduce travelling time within peak hours, the team came up with the concept of a bicycle and scooter kiosk. The idea features a mobile application that will facilitate bookings of bicycles and scooters, check the availability of the transport units, and the location of the kiosks from which to rent the units. A miniature model of the proposed transportation system will also be showcased.


A Traffic Control Tower to expedite passage of emergency vehicles.
by Ngee Ann Polytechnic

The project features a control system to facilitate the travel of manually driven emergency vehicles on intelligent roads that can communicate with traffic lights and self-driving vehicles. The idea is to create a Traffic Control Tower that will allow the emergency vehicles to manoeuvre through traffic swiftly and efficiently.

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Remodelling of the existing transport system.
by Hwa Chong Institution

Unlike other approaches, this project does not focus on a single invention to solve every problem of the transport system. Instead, the concept is to create a transportation system comprising of tightly knit, seamlessly interconnected modes of transport. For instance, one idea is to remodel the train design to use the MRT as a network tool to facilitate the transport of goods during off-peak hours. It also showcases a physical model detailing how urban design and recreated street spaces can affect the way citizens commute.


A computer-simulated analysis of the driverless vehicle network.

In response to a growing enthusiasm about the driverless vehicle technology, this project aims at creating a plan to fully utilise these vehicles to improve transportation for the masses. This will be done through an in-depth computer simulation of the driverless vehicle network relative to the current transportation system. The team will also develop a NAVSG app which will measure real-time demand for driverless vehicles.


A city remodel to make it more pedestrian-friendly.
by ACS (I)

Inspired by the best public transit systems in the world, the team came up with a proposal to remodel the city, by putting sidewalks in the middle of a 2-way road, and having overhead bridges span the landscape for the pedestrians to cross the road when they want to exit. The project will feature a physical prototype showcasing its 2 proposals in the CBD and heartlands. In addition, the team is also considering developing a computer simulation.


A phone app that allows users to locate and book bicycles.

Aiming to provide the first and last mile commute alternative to reduce the use of private vehicles and decrease our carbon footprint, the project proposes a mobile application that allows users to easily locate and book a bicycle using their smart phones. The prototype will comprise of 3 modules: a mobile app for users, an embedded module on the bicycle, and a control box at the parking station, all working together.


A mobile app for carpooling.
By NUS High

With the goal of reducing thousands of cars on the road during peak hours, the team’s idea was a mobile app that would facilitate carpooling. The service would collect the necessary information from users, including their preferences, and assist users in allocating their travel groups. The app is accompanied by a chat function to further enhance this process. A physical model will demonstrate how the app will help carpooling in real life scenarios. The model cars will head to specified destinations after picking up the passengers, and drop them off according to the route.


A revolutionary walking stick to suit individual needs of the elderly.
by Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) / Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

The Qane is a revolutionary walking stick, defined by its intelligent holder, the QaneMate. The team designed the Qane Mate Qane not only for elderly walking cane users to help them avoid falling while trying to pick up their fallen canes, but also for the physically and visually disabled to aid them in their daily journeys. The QaneMate has a modular appendage system with a selection of functions to suit individual needs of the elderly users. It incorporates functions like the Green Man Plus token (to promote road safety), fitness tracker to collate data on the user's physical activities, and an in-built stepometre which will automatically send off an alert SMS to the caregiver if no steps have been taken over a period.


A mobility-on-demand pod-sharing concept.

Aptly titled Telepod, this project aims to offer commuters a comfortable and affordable ride from their pick-up point to their destination via the shortest route. Without the hassle of searching, handling, maneuvering and parking, users can just pick up and drop off their hired pods through a mobile app. The server will receive the user's request and trigger a unit to move autonomously to the user's specified location. The Pod will then travel on its own on a pre-planned route after picking the user, without needing the user to maneuver the pod. These pods will be compact in size (consume less space than bicycles), foldable, and stackable.