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Class 2B, 2A, and 2 Traffic Police Test Might Be Conducted By Computers, Not Humans, As Early As 2023By SBF
Article reproduced from The Straits Times
Learner motorcyclists and drivers could in a few years' time be assessed for a road licence without the presence of a human tester, if a trial here proceeds smoothly.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has called a tender for a trial of a fully automated circuit that will use technology to test motorcycle riders.
The Intelligent Driving Circuit (IDC) will eventually replace the current testing method, which involves a human assessor, for both car drivers and motorcyclists.
According to the tender documents on government procurement portal GeBiz, the trial is to be conducted on selected Class 2, 2A and 2B motorcycles, which are to be fitted with analytical equipment such as sensors and cameras.
The tenderer is expected to supply two motorcycle units for each class and set up automated testing systems at the motorcycle course stations within the test circuit at the Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC) in Woodlands Industrial Park.
The tender documents set out the riding errors that the automated testing system must be able to detect at the emergency stop station in a proof-of-concept test.
These include failing to attain a minimum speed of 30kmh for Class 2B motorcycles and 40kmh for Class 2 and 2A motorcycles before executing the emergency stop, failing to look straight ahead and hold the handlebar firmly with both hands, and failing to grip the fuel tank with both knees.
The system must also be able to detect if a rider puts his feet down before bringing the motorcycle to a complete stop, if he supports the motorcycle with his right foot instead of his left after stopping, or if he stops in a staggering manner.
Applying insufficient braking force, applying the clutch before braking, applying the brakes early, failing to close the throttle to make use of the engine brake and failing to apply the front and rear brakes together are also among the listed errors.
Other errors that will cause a rider to fail the test immediately include taking more than the required distances to stop the motorcycle on a wet surface, falling off the motorcycle and causing the motorcycle to lean over by more than 45 degrees.
The tenderer must show that the system can achieve at least 80 per cent accuracy in detecting and highlighting these errors before the design is considered for further evaluation.
The system must be able to achieve 100 per cent accuracy in detecting errors before it is eventually implemented in full.
It will also be required to show how demerit points are awarded and why, as well as calculate the total demerit points awarded at the end of the test to determine whether the testee had met the minimum requirements before proceeding to the next test.
The trial could take up to a year and a half, according to the tender documents. The tenderer will be required to provide warranty and maintenance of the system for up to 18 months after installation.
When the IDC was first announced by Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam in 2017, the minister said the trial would take place in 2021 and that the plan was to achieve full implementation by 2023.
He said then that using technology to conduct driving lessons and tests will enhance the effectiveness of lessons, increase productivity and allow lessons to be taken outside of the current operating hours to better suit learners' schedules.
The MHA did not respond to queries on the trial. A training manager at SSDC declined to comment when approached.
I am enrolled at Comfort Delgro for my 2B.
It seems the next test is the 23rd, but my last theory is the 24th and there are no earlier sessions. The following test date is not published, but other threads suggest it is every 2 weeks but may be booked out.
1) What is my chance of finishing the last theory on the 24th then doing the Theory test 13 days later if I book immediately after the final theory? (what timeframe should I expect)
I can only start lesson 6 after passing the RTT, and can only book the practical after passing lesson 8, plus it seems there is then a 1.5 month wait for the TP practical test.
2) what is a realistic timeframe for someone who has a license in another country, with no riding for a few years and not a lot of experience before that? Is there anyway to shorten that time?
With the PDL, the Traffic Police lists me as having it, and I have printed the receipt, but for you test you "Must produce a valid PDL (Provisional Driving License)". I have not received anything physical - is the receipt enough? I know the systems are not linked as I had to enter the PDL expiry date.
3) What do I need to prove I have the PDL?
Anyone taking 2A at SSDC can fall in here. Since nearing 2016 in a few days I just put 2016. Just enrolled yesterday. Mine is worst case scenario - got 2B in Dec 2009, never ride on the road at all until now.
Included a poll so once you pass can share how many pracs in total before you can go TP.
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