Expect to see autonomous vehicles roaming around New Clark City at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this coming November. According to Bases Conversion and Development (BCDA) president and CEO Vivencio Dizon, self-driving cars and buses will be the norm in the area, taking athletes to different areas around the sports complex at New Clark City.
Dizon says that the BCDA will be signing a memorandum of agreement with an American company in order to arrange for driverless cars in the upcoming SEA Games. Moreover, the company will also be responsible for ‘piloting’ these vehicles self-driving vehicles. Dizon, however, did not disclose which US company will be supplying both the autonomous vehicles and buses together with the BCDA.
The announcement was made by Dinzo during the inspection of the New Clark City sports complex together with Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II.
Considering how autonomous vehicles are still in its infancy stage all around the world, its curious how BCDA and the undisclosed US company will plan to pull this off. Japan also has plans to launch a lineup of autonomous vehicles at the 2020 Olympics which will be built by Toyota. Unlike the one at the upcoming SEA Games, Toyota’s Tokyo Olympic vehicles won’t be ‘piloted’. Instead, they will be fully autonomous vehicles without the help of pilots.
BCDA says that the sports complex is expected to be completed on August 31.