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Germany's Continental to jointly research automated car systems in Singapore

SINGAPORE -- German car parts supplier Continental is partnering with Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Technical University of Munich to test Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The partnership will take place at a lab in Singapore where the three entities will work on developing a fully automated car driving system that Continental seeks to realize by 2025.

     The new lab will be located in Fusionopolis, a technology complex in southwestern Singapore. Each of the three parties will assign two researchers to work in the lab, which will be charged with the research and testing of communications and information technologies for traffic management.

     At a signing ceremony on Tuesday, Lo Kien Foh, managing director of Continental's Singapore office, said that ITS "will be a game changer that has a major impact on the automobile industry." Lo added that even though such assisted driving features are "already in production," he hopes to leverage the research results from the new joint lab to add to near-term sales growth.

     ITS consists of technologies ranging from automobile sensors and networks for communicating real-time traffic information to automated, driverless systems. Many companies of various backgrounds, including Google, have been working on automated driving systems. Continental is a global maker of car parts such as tires and brake systems.

     Singapore's traffic demand is expected to increase by around 50% to 18.8 million journeys per day by 2030. Through the partnership, A*STAR aims to build expertise on ITS and enable it to provide know-how on urban development to other Southeast Asian countries and cities that have chronic traffic problems.

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