This year’s Southeast Asian Games, the 30th edition of which the Philippines is hosting, is drawing near as the events begin on November 30. Since most of the games will be held in New Clark City, autonomous vehicles will be used to help athletes get around.
Provided by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and US-based mobility company COAST Autonomous, these ‘self-driving’ vehicles with high-definition 3D mapping machines will arrive “at no cost to government.”
Three electric Coast P-1 shuttles, able to carry up to 20 passengers, are expected to arrive in the Philippines mid-October for pilot testing. Ideally they are for transporting athletes to and from the Athletes’ Village, the Athletics Stadium, and the Aquatics Center in New Clark City.
“It is a great honor to partner with BCDA and the Philippines to deploy a fleet of [shuttles] to New Clark City for the SEA Games and we are grateful for this incredible opportunity, ” said COAST Autonomous Chairman and CEO David Hickey in a statement.
Hickey also said that these ‘self-driving’ cars may become “the natural successors to the streetcar”, paving the way for more sustainable alternative modes of transportation.
Nearly 10,000 athletes from all across Southeast Asia will participate in this year’s 543 sporting events, 200 of which will be held in Clark. Shuttle services will also be offered to the riding public during the Games.
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