08 February, 2022
WILLERS joins GNSS workshop, part of Global Space & Technology convention 2022

In the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) workshop conducted as part of the Global Space and Technology convention 2022, WILLERS representative Mr. Alan Quek (General Manager, Global Business Development) shared about the relevancy of GNSS on autonomous vehicles.WILLERS currently operates autonomous vehicles in Gardens by the Bay (since October 2019) and Jurong Lake Gardens (since December 2020) in Singapore, on top of trials under varying conditions in multiple prefectures such as Keihanna Science City, Tokyo Toshima ward, Nagoya Aichi Prefecture and Tottori city in Japan.In this workshop, Mr. Alan Quek explains about the role GNSS plays, as one of the key enabler for an autonomous vehicle to operate safely. He explains about the GNSS functions and corrections, together with the part it plays to complement other components to enable a lane-level positional accuracy when a vehicle moves about in autonomous mode safely while avoiding collisions with other vehicles, obstacles and pedestrians.In this workshop, the latest on-demand AI routing service by the name mobi starting since end 2021 was also shared. Plying around Orchard-Newton-Robertson Quay-River Valley area and available for booking via app, WILLERS said exciting plans to gradually roll out on-demand autonomous shuttle especially in car-lite towns to contribute towards providing greener and more sustainable transportation solution in the near future can be expected.

07 February, 2022
―MaaS Meeting 2022― New mobility services and Mobility-as-a-Service post-Covid

The “MaaS Meeting 2022” conference by WILLER Inc. is back for its third year. Held online on 7th and 8th February 2022, this year 26 speakers from multiple companies and sectors came together to share insights and discuss innovative solutions around Mobility-as-a-Service in Japan post-Covid.On day 1, representatives from mobility companies offering AI on-demand transportation services introduced their respective solutions, its benefits as well as the potential these solutions can bring upon commercialization. Mr. Shigetaka Murase, CEO of WILLER Inc. (Japan) who announced the launch for WILLER’s on-demand shared mobility service mobi a year ago in the “MaaS Meeting 2021”, followed up by sharing the varying operation models the company conducted in urban and local landscape throughout different prefectures in Japan, together with its findings on users behavior with this new mobility.On day 2, the conference went beyond discussion on transportation and mobility, whereby speakers from other sectors such as communication, sports, community etc joined in to input macro perspectives on the potential and possibilities they foresee when synergy between transportation and other sectors are achieved.Overall, speakers shared positive expectations for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in Japan. Progressing from concepts to demonstrations and trials, the next phase of commercialization can be anticipated in the near future for the solving of existing social challenges to realize a more sustainable society in Japan.Before ending the 2-days conference, Mr. Shigetaka Murase, CEO of WILLER Inc (Japan) shared the companys aim in realizing a sustainable society through providing new mobility solutions and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). Starting from infrastructure innovation like mobility services, WILLER aims to bring upon business innovation through collaboration and synergy with other sectors, to subsequently bring upon social innovation.

26 January, 2022
WILLER & KDDI jointly offer "mobi" (flat rate unlimited rides on-demand service)

A joint venture to deliver new mobility experiences in solving social challenges—KDDI CORPORATION and WILLER, Inc. will come together to jointly provide mobi service, a fixed rate unlimited rides, area on-demand service from January 2022.The two companies will establish a joint venture named Community Mobility Co., Ltd. (WILLER 51%, KDDI 49%), with operations commencing from 1 April 2022. This strategic partnership demonstrates the strong synergies between the two companies in combining mobility services and communications to solve social and transport challenges in rural and urban areas. The joint venture is a lynchpin for scaling and expanding the innovative mobility service nationwide to provide new mobility experiences, and support digital transformation in the transportation industry.Today, many young parents face challenges in transporting their children to and from school. Demand for short-distance transportation is also on the rise as more time is spent near home due to the paradigm behavioral shift brought about by the pandemic.In addition, there has been an increase in the number of elderly who return their driving licenses, with the statistics number indicating a whopping eight times more when comparing 2020 to 2011 (*1). Meanwhile every year, up to 1,000 km bus routes has to be discontinued in regional cities due to decrease in the number of users (*2). With increasing anxiety over the lack of transportation means and freedom of mobility especially among the elderly, resolving transportation issues for a sustainable and inclusive urban development is pivotal.WILLER has presented many innovative solutions by value adding and introducing IT marketing systems to current transportation services, including on buses and trains. Knowing how a lack of one-mile transportation service can be a setback in a connected and seamless social transportation system, WILLER launched the “mobi” in June 2021, a mobility service with unlimited rides within the “2 km radius from home” for the community.As a telecommunications carrier, KDDI has been working on regional development using digital technology through KDDI Sustainable Action, in its SDGs initiatives towards 2030. With norms in transportation shifted due to digitalization, KDDI aims to connect with the local communities via mobility, based on the concept of transforming mobility into exciting experiences.Through this one-mile “mobi” transportation service, the two companies aim to solve regional transportation challenges by offering stress-free travel option, increase outing opportunities that create interactions among families and community, and contribute to the revitalization of neighborhoods and richer lifestyles.■ Service OverviewThis service is a flat rate, unlimited rides area on-demand mobility service based on the concept of community mobility whereby people come together to connect, thus creating new communities. Vehicles can be dispatched via the app or phone call. The AI routing (*3) capability in the app determines the optimal route based on road and booking conditions so that customers can travel efficiently from pick-up location to the destination within the 2km radius service areas. As the service is operated by regular professional drivers, children and elderly can ride with a peace of mind.Available to fulfil a wide variety of purposes, such as picking and dropping children off at tuition centers, grocery shopping at slightly further stores, for family members dining out together, and a means of transport for family members who do not have a driving license like children or elderly, mobi brings new value in transportation and provides mobility freedom for everyday travel.The joint venture will develop services tailored to the needs of communities by leveraging on WILLERs unique IT marketing system and insights in transportation operations, together with KDDIs cooperation with local governments and data utilization know-hows. Collaborations with KidZania and other corporations by offering free transportation to and from their facilities are also in the plan.(*1) National Police Agency, Drivers License Statistics https://www.npa.go.jp/publications/statistics/koutsuu/menkyo/r02/r02_main.pdf(*2) Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism https://www.mlit.go.jp/policy/shingikai/content/001326816.pdf(*3) A service in which AI (artificial intelligence) calculates the optimal route and travel time based on the customers reservation status (boarding and alighting location, time of usage) and facilitates optimal vehicle assignment and operation.

13 January, 2022
WILLERS launches “mobi” in Singapore offering area on-demand unlimited rides

WILLERS is pleased to announce the official launch on the operation of its mobi service - a first and last-mile on-demand shared shuttle service with AI-routing capability. This is a first-of-its-kind subscription-based mobility service with unlimited rides in Singapore, providing customers with a comfortable, safe and predictable ride on specific waypoints in an area.This community-centric shared mobility service is a joint collaboration between WILLERS, a Japanese-based company who develops and operates the mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) platform - mobi, and SWAT Mobility (SWAT), a Singapore startup who provides the AI routingtechnology.In Singapore, the service will initially cater to residents of the River Valley, Orchard, and Newton areas. Users can easily book the shuttle bus rides via the mobi mobile application (available on iOS and Android) where they can choose from over 100 virtual ‘bus stops’ in thearea.Servicing an area with a population of more than 30,000, mobi aims to provide high quality service with fast and convenient access for residents to the area’s key shopping malls, medical facilities, dining precincts, schools, and tuition centres. The service makes the best use of SWAT’s AI technology, with optimal routing capability to transport passengers quickly and efficiently to their destination.Shigetaka Murase, Founder and CEO of WILLER Inc (Japan) and WILLERS Pte Ltd said: “By offering a simple and easy to use first- and last-mile transport service to communities living in an area of about 2km in radius, mobi offers a niche solution for people to get to places that may be too far or inconvenient to walk, yet too short to drive, or uneconomical to travel to by taxi or a ride-hailing service. We believe this will encourage more short distance travel, generate more town activities and changing lifestyles. The service also integrates and complements well with the existing public transport network by providing better access and connectivity to key transport nodes and by bridging gaps in-between.Moreover, we take pride in promoting smarter and greener urban living, by encouraging people to leave their cars at home for short distance travel, and by increasing freedom of mobility, especially for the elderly and families with young children. It illustrates theimportance of on-demand shared mobility as a sustainable form of mobility that supports car-lite towns/cities and green transport initiatives.”The service runs 7 days a week, including public holidays, between 08:30am and 10:00pm. New sign-ups can try the service for free for two weeks after which the users can continue using the service at a very affordable fixed monthly subscription rate for unlimited rides or on a pay-per-ride basis. Being a family-oriented mobility solution, the subscription plan allows the main user to add family members for a very nominal fee for up to 5 persons.The strategic partnership between Willers and SWAT demonstrates strong synergies between the two companies, leveraging each other’s strength, presence in different geographical locations and deep understanding of the diverse customer demographics, to deliver an innovative integrated mobility solution with a strong value-proposition to benefit citizens and users across the region.Jarrold Ong, Co-Founder and CEO of SWAT Mobility added: “A year ago, we announced our strategic partnership with WILLERS to collaborate on transforming mobility in Asia Pacific countries, specifically focused on improving how people move around in their daily lives. Today, we are very proud and excited to jointly launch this mobility service in our home country Singapore. The strong combination of SWAT’s and WILLERS’ experience and capabilities enables us to deliver on a strong promise of a convenient, safe and predictable ride.This Singapore launch is a lynchpin for our growth plans to scale through partnerships. We believe that by combining SWAT’s dynamic, high-capacity pooling algorithm and WILLERS’ MaaS platform, coupled with a subscription-based business model, we are offering a new and innovative way to cater to consumers’ changing behavior in mobility. We are looking forward to scaling this offering both locally and overseas in the next 12 months.In addition, as part of SWAT’s mission to contribute to a sustainable tomorrow, we will be collaborating closely with WILLERS to deliver on options that are aligned with the region’s focus on sustainable transport.”The mobi community mobility service was first started by WILLERS in Kyoto in Japan in June 2021 and has since expanded to other parts of Japan including Tokyo, Nagoya and Hokkaido. WILLERS and SWAT will progressively expand and roll out the service to more locations in Singapore as well as to the other cities/towns in the region in the very near future.Today’s launch event was witnessed by His Excellency Jun Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, and representatives from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG).

01 July, 2021
Start of operation : Shibuya “mobi (AI on-demand mobility service)” !

Shibuya (Japan), 1 July 2021 – Mr Shigetaka Murase, CEO of WILLER Inc (Japan) has announced the start of “mobi” operation in Shibuya. A mobility service that provides near instant pick-ups with unlimited rides at a monthly flat rate targeted for families, this AI on-demand shared service is created based on the “community mobility” concept, where people connect and form communities.With the increase of short distance travel in the new normal, “mobi” acts as an alternative to cars or bicycles covering the “2km radius from home” area. Flat rate subscription eliminates financial stress, and family members have unlimited access to “mobi” for various usage, which contributes in the improve of lifestyle quality. For example, father uses “mobi” to train station or bus stop to commute to work, mother uses “mobi” after work to pick children up from school, shop for grocery, or send children to tuition centre, and grandparents use “mobi” to gather with friends or for hospital check-ups.What is more, “mobi” is a flexible, customizable service where people from the same town can come together to create a “new shared mobility service” according to their wants and needs. A shared service within a community means, people of the same lifestyle and values enjoying convenient shared transportation access, with a minimal monthly fixed rate. Furthermore, customization features allow users in the community decide how the service should be structured for their utmost convenience, from requesting for new pick-up drop-off points, sharing of event information and etc via this service and platform.5 main features of “mobi”:① Near instant pick up, to wherever you want to go, within the specified area② AI routing identifies the optimal route to your desired location, based on the booking and traffic condition③ Unlimited rides for a flat rate of 5,000 yen (about S$61) per monthUp to 6 members living under the same household can register, and only 500 yen (about S$6) per month will be charged for any additional member(Example, the total rate for a family of 3 will be 6,000yen (about S$73) per month, which is equivalent to only 2,000yen (about S$24) per person for one month usage)④ Simple, easy to use mobile apps for booking⑤ Drivers with familiar faces so that children and elderly feel more secure using the serviceBesides flat rate subscription, pay per ride or free pick-up drop-off service for restaurant or tuition centers’ members is also made available. This ensures convenient access for both first time visitors as well as residents and frequent users in the city.With the introduction of this stress-free, life-enriching mobility service, WILLER aims to promote and increase outing opportunities for better interaction among families and community, as well as contribute to city revitalization in Japan. Beyond Japan, WILLER is simultaneously looking to expand the “mobi” service to cater to different needs in the ASEAN region.

30 June, 2021
“Mobi (AI on-demand mobility service)” officially operating in Kyoto Tango city!

Kyoto Tango City (Japan), 30 June 2021 – Mr Shigetaka Murase, CEO of WILLER Inc (Japan) has announced the official start of operation for the new AI on-demand mobility service by the name mobi. A mobility service that picks you up almost instantly with unlimited number of rides available within the area with a monthly flat rate, “mobi” service is based upon the “community mobility” concept, where people connect and form communities.An alternative to using car or bicycle to travel within the area, mobi creates more opportunities for users of all age group to travel anytime, anywhere within the “2km radius from home”.Today, private cars are indispensable in daily life for purposes like commuting, shopping, and hospital checkups etc. in rural areas in Japan. With the introduction of mobi, stress on having to rely on family members for transfers, or financial burden on having to own two or more private cars in one family can be greatly reduced. In addition, elderly can enjoy outings as frequently as they want, even after returning their driving license.Mobi is the first mobility service made available within the “2km radius from home” area. Besides convenience, this service will be life enriching as it is economical and saves time. Different members in one family can use “mobi” for various scenarios: for example, father uses “mobi” to train station or bus stop to commute to work, mother uses “mobi” after work to pick children up from nursery school, shop for grocery, or send children to tuition center, and grandparents use “mobi” to gather with friends or for hospital checkups. With the reduce of stress in travel, time and money, quality of life will be greatly improved. Furthermore, collaboration with local companies and stores can bring in more visitors to the city, and more people may consider migrating if they can live comfortably outside the city area without needing to own a private car.5 main features of “mobi”:① Near instant pick up, to wherever you want to go, within the specified area② AI routing identifies the optimal route to your desired location, based on the booking and traffic condition③ Unlimited rides for a flat rate of 5,000 yen (about S$61) per monthUp to 6 members living under the same household can register, and only 500 yen (about S$6) per month will be charged for any additional member(Example, the total rate for a family of 3 will be 6,000yen (about S$73) per month, which is equivalent to only 2,000yen (about S$24) per person for one month usage)④ Simple, easy to use mobile apps for booking⑤ Drivers with familiar faces so that children and elderly feel more secure using the serviceWILLER strives to expand this service nationwide, and subsequently in the ASEAN region to provide a stress-free mobility service, boost opportunities for short distance travelling, increase interaction between family members and community, as well as revitalize local communities. Beyond transportation, “mobi” will contribute in the creation of a better city where everyone will enjoy living 10 years from now on.

09 March, 2021
Launch of "mobi (new on-demand community mobility service)" in MaaS Meeting 2021

Japan, 09 March 2021 – Mr Shigetaka Murase, CEO of WILLER Inc (Japan) has announced the launch of a new mobility service by the name mobi in MaaS Meeting 2021, a conference held in Keihanna Plaza, Japan.WILLERs mobi is an on-demand mobility service available via a smartphone app. Due to the decrease in daily commuting and the increase of travel near home in view of the pandemic, this new service focuses specifically on short distance rides within the 2 km radius from home.5 main features of mobi :① Pick up within 10 minutesRegardless of weather conditions, the mobi community shuttle will pick you up within 10 minutes after you book for a ride with your smartphone. Alternatively, telephone reservation is also available for the elderly generation.② Subscription serviceThis new on-demand mobility service will have a monthly subscription payment service. An example of the subscription service is as follows, the family representative who will be the main member is charged 5,000 yen (about S$61) per month, and for each additional member living in the same house, they can enjoy the plan by merely adding 500 yen (about S$6) per person only for a monthly usage. This is to refrain from the burden of needing to pay extra every time one travels more, in return to promote higher transportation and travel frequency for the whole family.③ My driverDepending on the area size, 2 to 5 vehicles will be dispatched per area with the same group of drivers that are familiar with the region. By having the same group of drivers, users feel safe riding with familiar faces, hence an extra sense of security for them to travel freely within the local community, especially when children use this service to ride to school or tuition center.④ Streamlining and fulfilling all travel needs within the areaOther than public users, this service is catered to fulfill corporate needs as well as delivery. For example, WILLERs mobi can act as hotel and school transfers, which in return contribute to cost reductions as well as providing value-added service on top of existing business products or services.⑤ Complementing public transportation for a seamless travel experienceWILLERs mobi will complement existing public transportation, in providing a seamless travel experience from the users home to their final destination. The combined route searching function in the app allows users to search both mobi as well as other public transportation for a stress-free experience. If the short distance transfer exceeds the 2 km radius, taxis are also available as an option.Mr Murase further elaborates on the reason for starting WILLERs mobi, With telework becoming a norm, what used to be a two-hour commuting time is now available as free time for many people. Furthermore, people have the choice to live in any area without worrying about convenience to commute. They can use these extra hours in more effective ways, for example travelling around the area to complete certain tasks or chores, and these in return generate more business opportunities for the region. By making travelling and transportation easier within the region, we expect to see revitalisation of a region. Now, a bicycle or car which is accessible almost instantly, remains the main option for short distance travel. For mobi, we make availability to ride in 10 minutes as one of our important features, so that users can ride as soon as they want to travel around the region. In future, not only will users be able to live and travel conveniently without a private car, we also expect to solve the challenge of a serious shortage of drivers when people can travel again freely around 2024.”Mobility has always been perceived as a need for everyday travel and transportation. However, moving into the future, we see transportation creating a new “culture” in a region or city. Hence, I would like to present to you the lineup of the 5 features for our new mobi community mobility service, said Mr Murase.Our service trial will start from March in Kyotango City, in northern Kyoto Prefecture. From May onwards, the service will be officially launched in Kyotango City in Kyoto, as well as Toshima Ward and Shibuya Ward in Tokyo. These will progressively be launched in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region too. We are actively looking for regional operators to oversee the regional service planning and operation and we are excited for service collaboration with various businesses.

09 February, 2021
MaaS Meeting 2021 - The acceleration of MaaS in the new normal !

Japan, 09 February 2021 - "MaaS is accelerated in the new normal," said Mr Shigetaka Murase, CEO of WILLER Inc (Japan). The MaaS Meeting 2021 will be held on 9th March 2021 (Tuesday) in Keihanna Plaza, Japan, following its first meeting in 2019. On 5th (Friday) to 9th (Tuesday) March 2021, overseas case studies will be conducted online under the title of MaaS Meeting World.The new normal has brought about huge changes in how people live and work, resulting in various behavioral changes. The new reality, fusion of work and living space, and decentralization in the new normal see a great need in new mobility. In addition, technologies for autonomous driving, AI routing, and EVs have reached maturity for practical use. From now on, we will enter the phase of progressing them into safe and secure services, and subsequently introducing them to the society.In MaaS Meeting 2021, discussion sessions and presentations will be conducted, centered on themes in relation to the role of MaaS in overcoming this pandemic, how it can add value in people’s everyday life as well as it’s sustainability.In part 1, we will have experts from their respective field to discuss on topics such as how decentralization will change the way people work, and how education, medical care, and nursing care challenges persisted in rural areas even before the pandemic, as well as what will be required in the future to overcome these challenges.In part 2, we will hold the Smart Mobility Challenge Symposium in Kansai region to introduce examples of MaaS and smart mobility initiatives in Japan. In addition, our pre-recorded MaaS Meeting World will showcase contents about smart cities, autonomous driving, on-demand transportation etc., delivered by overseas MaaS companies.In part 3, WILLER will present concepts as well as new services to be implemented in 2021 on how Community Mobility can add value in people’s everyday lives, the opportunity we foresee, as well as plans for the upcoming five years.This is a complimentary event, and we welcome all interested parties. For offline participation, all safety measures will be adhered to at the event venue. Online broadcast will also be available. Through this event, we hope to provide a platform and opportunity to enhance MaaS collaboration.For full article in Japanese https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000096.000027749.html

05 February, 2021
WILLER Inc and partners launch autonomous vehicle pilot trial in Keihanna, Japan

Keihanna (Kyoto, Japan), 05 February 2021 - WILLER Inc and partners launch autonomous vehicle pilot trial in Keihanna, Kyoto to promote the health and economic revitalization of local regions that allows for safe travel amidst the pandemic.Recently, the slowdown of local economy in Japan has become a great challenge due to the transition from everyday outings to telecommuting and more time spent at home in light of the current pandemic. For this pilot trial, we aim to provide a safe mobility service, promote health level of local residents as well as the revitalization of economy with the “Keihanna Model”.Specifically, we will provide services for the elderly and telecommuters, combining local programs such as health programs and comfortable teleworking environment with mobility, to provide a new mobility service tailored to different purposes, instead of having autonomous vehicle replacing existing transportation.Last December, we conducted a technical trial for self-driving vehicle to verify the safety level and the needs for this operation plan. In this pilot trial, we aim to understand the service model, especially on operation cost, public acceptability, convenience level, and business viability.Through this pilot trial, we aim to establish a new business model that can contribute to the local community, as well as providing new transportation services to solve the driver shortages challenge due to the high aging population and declining birthrate in Japan.Route :The self-driving vehicle will run along a 4.8km route, in the residential area of Seikadai and Keihanna Memorial Park.From Keihanna Memorial Park to Keihanna Plaza Hotel, bicycle sharing service will be available to promote health improvement.Service Plans :・ Plan for the elderly : 16th (Tue) to 19th (Fri) FebruarySelf-driving vehicle ride with fitness program by a professional trainer(A fitness app will be provided to allow you to exercise continuously, after the program)・ Plan for telecommuters: 13th (Sat) and 14th (Sun) FebruarySelf-driving vehicle ride and bicycle sharing service, with fitness program by a professional trainer, as well as telework experience in a hotel room(A fitness app will be provided to allow you to exercise continuously, after the program)For full article in Japanese :https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000095.000027749.html

19 January, 2021
WILLERS and SWAT Mobility partners to develop Community Shared Mobility Platform

Singapore, 19 January 2021 - WILLERS Pte. Ltd. (WILLERS) and SWAT Mobility Pte. Ltd. (SWAT) announced today that they will be joining hands to solve mobility challenges in the region. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) marks the first step towards an exciting future in the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) space.“The collaboration with SWAT is highly valuable and strategic for WILLERS as we realise our vision of innovating transportation services, allowing people to move around anytime, anywhere seamlessly and conveniently,” said Shigetaka Murase, Founder and CEO of WILLER Inc (Japan) and WILLERS Pte Ltd (Singapore). “A sustainable and inclusive transportation is essential in increasing the value and productivity of a city or country, as well as transforming people’s lives. We believe that Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) will be key in managing commuting demands whilst optimising the use of limited resources to solve societal and mobility challenges. These include enhancing connectivity and accessibility, boosting ridership in low density areas, and addressing first-and last-mile challenges.”WILLERS and SWAT Mobility will jointly develop a community-centric shared mobility service with demand-responsive capability centred on the use of a Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform to tackle the challenges in the Asia Pacific region. The MaaS Platform is an adaptation from WILLER Inc , WILLERS’ HQ in Japan. WILLER Inc has been conducting trials of its MaaS app in Hokkaido, Kyoto and Tokyo since 2019 with support from the Japanese government, to complement existing transportation in those regions with new mobility services. SWATs AI routing algorithm tops several renowned benchmarks, and the collaboration will leverage SWATs advanced routing technology to deliver commuting efficiency, a richer customer experience and greater convenience via WILLERS MaaS platform.WILLERS aims to use its MaaS platform to create new services to complement existing transportation systems and networks to empower commuters to move around freely and easily with affordable commuting options such as demand-responsive shuttle bus services (including autonomous shuttles), car-sharing and taxi-booking.A strong synergistic value can be expected from the two companies, through integrations of advanced technologies, use of an innovative MaaS platform and creative targeted marketing to deliver delightful journey experiences for the communities. They will work together to pursue opportunities in APAC, in particular the Southeast Asia region, and bring further benefits to commuters and travellers in the region.“SWAT Mobility and WILLERS have a shared vision to transform mobility and improve how people move around, and our collaboration brings together our strengths to deliver best-in-class mobility solutions on WILLERS’ MaaS platform. We are extremely excited to collaborate with WILLERS to extend the capabilities of our AI routing technologies to make a positive impact beyond the 7 countries we operate in.” adds Jarrold Ong, CEO of SWAT Mobility.SWAT Mobility has a strong track record in delivering employee transport solutions to corporates, and on-demand transport solutions with governments and partners. The Singapore-based company has expanded to 7 markets in 5 years across the APAC region, including Australia, Japan, and the Philippines. SWAT has pioneered smart employee transportation solutions for industrial parks, airports and offices in remote locations. Its technology is currently helping city governments solve the first-mile, last-mile problem and companies with transport optimisation, including supporting on-demand shuttles for travelling salespeople.

08 July, 2020
Mobileye and WILLER Partner on Self-Driving Mobility Solutions for Japan, SEA

Jerusalem, Israel and Osaka, Japan, July 8, 2020 – Mobileye, an Intel Company, and WILLER, one of the largest transportation operators in Japan, Taiwan and the Southeast Asian region, today announced a strategic collaboration to launch an autonomous robotaxi service in Japan and markets across Southeast Asia, including Taiwan. Beginning in Japan, the companies will collaborate on the testing and deployment of autonomous transportation solutions based on Mobileye’s automated vehicle (AV) technology.“Our new collaboration with WILLER brings a meaningful addition to Mobileye’s growing global network of transit and mobility ecosystem partners,” said Prof. Amnon Shashua, Intel senior vice president and president and CEO of Mobileye. “We look forward to collaborating with WILLER as we work together for new mobility in the region by bringing self-driving mobility services to Japan, Taiwan and ASEAN markets.”“Collaboration with Mobileye is highly valuable for WILLER and a big step moving forward to realize our vision of innovating transportation services: travel anytime and anywhere by anybody” said Shigetaka Murase, founder and CEO of WILLER. “Innovation of transportation will lead to a smarter, safer and more sustainable society where people enjoy higher quality of life.”Together Mobileye and WILLER are seeking to commercialize self-driving taxis and autonomous on-demand shared shuttles in Japan, while leveraging each other’s strength. Mobileye will supply autonomous vehicles integrating its self-driving system and WILLER will offer services which are adjusted to each region and user tastes, ensure regulatory framework and provide mobility services and solutions for fleet operation companies.The two companies aim to begin testing robotaxis on public roads in Japan in 2021, with plans to launch fully self-driving ride-hailing and ride-sharing mobility services in 2023, while exploring opportunities for similar services in Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets.For Mobileye, the collaboration with WILLER advances the company’s global mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) ambitions. Since announcing its intention to become a complete mobility provider, Mobileye has begun a series of collaborations with cities, transportation agencies and mobility technology companies to develop and deploy self-driving mobility solutions in key markets. The agreement with WILLER builds on Mobileye’s existing MaaS partnerships. Examples include the agreement with Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea, to deploy robotaxis based on Mobileye’s self-driving system, the joint venture with Volkswagen and Champion Motors to operate an autonomous ride-hailing fleet in Israel. The collaboration with WILLER greatly expands and strengthens the company’s global mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) ambition.WILLER aims to unify user-experience across countries in the region; it released a MaaS App in 2019, and enabled a QR-code-based payment system this year. WILLER has partnered with Kuo-Kuang Motor Transportation, the largest bus operator in Taiwan, and Mai Linh, the largest taxi company in Vietnam, and invested in Car Club, a car-sharing service provider in Singapore. WILLER also partners with 150 local transportation providers in Japan. On top of these partnerships, WILLER will provide self-driving ride-hailing and ride-sharing services in the region and provide the best customer-ride experiences together with Mobileye.The collaboration between WILLER and Mobileye will add a new transportation mode to the existing range of transportation services including highway buses, railways, and car-sharing. Adding self-driving vehicles, on-demand features and sharing services will improve customer ride experiences and address social challenges such as traffic accidents, congestion, and especially shortage of drivers and challenges resulting from the aging society in Japan. Together Mobileye and WILLER accelerate social benefits of self-driving transportation solutions that contribute to higher quality of daily lives, making society smarter, safer and more sustainable.About MobileyeMobileye is the global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and automated driving. Mobileye’s technology helps keep people safer on the road, reduces the risks of traffic accidents, saves lives and aims to revolutionize the driving experience by enabling autonomous driving. Mobileye’s proprietary software algorithms and EyeQ® chips perform detailed interpretations of the visual field in order to anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, animals, debris and other obstacles. Mobileye’s products are also able to detect roadway markings such as lanes, road boundaries, barriers and similar items; identify and read traffic signs, directional signs and traffic lights; create a RoadBook™ of localized drivable paths and visual landmarks using REM™; and provide mapping for autonomous driving. More information is available in our press kit.About WILLERWILLER was established in 1994 to provide society and community centric transportation services. WILLER pursues cutting-edge technology and marketing strategies to better customers’ ride experiences and create innovative values for society and local community. In Japan WILLER has the largest inter-city bus networks and operates a railway in Kyoto and operates unique restaurant buses that offers local cuisine area by area. Besides Japan, WILLER operates car-sharing services in Singapore and ride-hailing taxis in Vietnam.

23 October, 2019
New On-Demand Autonomous Shuttle Service at Gardens by the Bay

A newly enhanced Auto Rider that will offer on-demand autonomous shuttle service and a novel night-time ride experience was unveiled today at Gardens by the Bay.The Auto Rider at Gardens by the Bay became the first fully operational autonomous vehicle in Asia when it debuted in 2015. The new fleet, which boasts enhanced features including the ability to carry more passengers and operate for a longer period, is the product of collaboration between ST Engineering and a consortium of partners. Designed and manufactured by French company NAVYA, a global leader in autonomous vehicles and driving systems for the transport of passengers and goods, it will be operated jointly by WILLERS, the Singapore subsidiary of Japan’s largest private bus operator, and CarClub, Singapore’s largest car-sharing operator.From Saturday, 26 October, visitors at the Gardens will be able to book a shuttle ride using the Auto Rider @ Gardens by the Bay mobile app or at self-ticketing kiosks located at the boarding and alighting points. A cashless payment system has also been integrated with the booking system, offering greater convenience.The new Auto Rider will also boast a state-of-the-art transparent film technology that incorporates light effects and projects artistic images onto the windows. In the evening, the effects are visible from outside the vehicles, and does not affect the transparency of the windows for the passengers looking out from within.Dr. Lee Shiang Long, President, Land Systems of ST Engineering said, “Over the years, ST Engineering has been building up autonomous capabilities. From the Auto Rider at Gardens by the Bay to the STROBO Bus on Sentosa, we continuously engage customers and gather public feedback. These insights accelerate our understanding of the engineering challenges and application of this new technology, enabling us to deliver customised and practical autonomous mobility solutions that offers positive user experience.”Said Mr Shigetaka Murase, CEO of WILLERS, “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to be a new mobility solution in resolving social issues in different countries. At Gardens by the Bay, we aim to provide an autonomous shuttle that will deliver a new user experience to make visits more enjoyable. It shall not only make travelling more convenient, but also provide an entertaining and exciting ride experience.”Mr Etienne Hermite, CEO, NAVYA, said, “NAVYA is excited to work with ST Engineering, WILLERS and CarClub to bring its globally deployed autonomous shuttle to Gardens by the Bay. It is an ideal environment to showcase the ways in which driverless vehicles integrate into our everyday lives.”Mr Felix Loh, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Gardens by the Bay has always been known to break new ground in the way that we connect people and plants, and this includes tapping on technology to reach out to an urban generation. The new Auto Rider not only provides an alternative mode of getting around, but enhances the overall visitor experience of the Gardens. Its extended operating hours also complement our myriad offerings in the day and night.”The new Auto Rider will ply a 1.5km route in the Gardens, between Bayfront Plaza (next to Bayfront MRT station) and the cooled conservatories, from 10 am to 9 pm daily.

21 October, 2019
WILLERS at the 26 th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress 2019

Collaborating with ST Engineering, WILLERS participated at the 26 th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITSWC), the world leading transport technology congress, heldfrom 21 to 25 October 2019 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.Apart from the booth at Suntec, WILLERS held a demonstration on the use of MaaS app.Participants can download the MaaS app from 22 to 25 October 2019 to book shuttle busrides from Suntec to Floating Platform or to Gardens by the Bay and the autonomous shuttlerides at the respective locations. To experience autonomous vehicle rides on public roadinstead of private sites, participants can book the autonomous shuttle ride on Sentosa Island,all within one mobile app.Live Demonstration of Autonomous Vehicle Rides bookable through WILLERS MaaS Appduring ITS World Congress 2019:1. Float @ Marina BayVehicle: Navya Arma (15 pax)Experience a ride on an autonomous driving vehicle on the world largest floating stage,accompanied by an impressive skyline view of Singapore. Bookings for this venue come withthe option to try a face recognition ticketing system, which validates passengers tickets whenthe face matching the photo taken during booking is detected boarding the vehicle.2. Sentosa IslandVehicle: Navya Arma (15 pax), STROBO Bus Series 7 (23 pax)On Sentosa Island, experience an autonomous vehicle ride on public roads using either of thetwo different sized autonomous vehicles.3. Gardens by the BayVehicle: Navya Arma (15 pax)Enjoy a ride on the Gardens by the Bay autonomous shuttle, the Auto Rider, on the 24 and 25October, prior to the service operation start date on 26 October. While rides start from 12pm,stay late to experience the first night-time operation of a Navya shuttle while enjoyingspecially-tailored audio visual content from 7pm to 9pm. A face recognition-based ticketingsystem is also available on this service exclusively during the ITS period.

14 May, 2019
Preparation to launch autonomous shuttle bus trial with NParks

An international consortium announced today the start of discussion for an autonomous shuttle bus service with NParks.The consortium includes: WILLERS Pte. Ltd, the Singapore subsidiary of Japan’s leading intercity bus travel company; Car Club, Singapore’s largest car sharing operator; ST Engineering; and NParks.NParks and WILLERS, ST Engineering and Car Club aim to start operation from mid June. A 15 passenger Navya ARMA autonomous shuttle bus will provide visitors with an on-demand, hop on hop off service, accessible using a mobile application that will also provide a ‘one stop’ channel for services and amenities in the park.The service will be provided for free for a six month trial period ahead of launching a commercial service model.WILLERS will fund the shuttle bus and lead business model development with Car Club. ST Engineering will provide systems integration and technical support. NParks will provide the site and ground operations.WILLERS’ Managing Director, Mr. Shigetaka Murase, said: “We are excited to team up with three strong partners to undertake this latest autonomous vehicle trial, using a mobile application for an on-demand autonomous vehicle shuttle services and ultimate launch of commercial business model”. We believe the experience gained from this trial will give us greater insight into how we can become an AV service operator in the years to come.”The consortium expects the trial to reveal insights into the user experience and the potential for the future commercialisation of the service.Car Club’s Managing Director, Mr. Gary Ong, said: “This could be a pivotal project for us. We believe car sharing complements other modes of transportation, and we look forward to using real customer feedback from this trial to understand how we can innovate and improve our service.”The consortium will soon start preparation of safety checks and route planning, while developing an optimal commercial service model.STELSST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in the defence, government and commercial segments in more than 100 countries. With more than 500 smart city projects across 70 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security and Smart Environment solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of $6.7b in FY2018 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, SGX ESG Transparency Index and SGX ESG Leaders Index.WILLERSWILLERS Pte. Ltd., Singapore subsidiary of WILLER, Inc., Japan invested in Car Club Pte. Ltd. WILLER GROUP aim to realize the mobility service “MaaS (Mobility as a Service)” that meets the needs of every customer. WILLERS aim for a platform that can provide “inspiration” in addition to allowing people all over the world to move more seamlessly by combining intercity buses, trains, planes, ferries, taxis, bicycles, and various transportation methods.The first innovation that WILLER GROUP has made was in long distance travel by revolutionary intercity buses in Japan. These intercity buses have an easy and convenient reservation system on the web (ahead of the industry), bus seats tailored to the customer base, and stylish bus terminals, which introduced intercity buses to a new base of customers. They created a new intercity bus market with more than 2.6 million people, catering to both commuters and sightseeing tourists. Innovation in connectivity between large cities and local towns made significant impact in the market, and through the success of their bus operations, they further connected trains and ferry services as well. The next step for WILLERS is to revitalize public transportation around the world and to inspire global innovation. Now under their current portfolio, they cover train operators and are connected with 89 bus companies, 37 ferry operators and around 16,500 hotel facilities with local sightseeing activities through an aggregate platform.https://willers.com.sgCar ClubCar Club Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. and invested by Willers, is the largest and most established car-sharing operator in Singapore since 1997. Using the latest telematics and mobile technology in our fleet of 230+ cars at 120+ Car-Sharing stations island-wide, we address diverse mobility needs of the urban population, dedicating our efforts in building a dependable and positive Car-Sharing experience for the community. Guided by our core objective – Mobility Choice as a Service (MCaaS), we provide high-quality and cost-efficient mobility options to individuals and businesses as a service, so they can conveniently and affordably access vehicles of their choice, anytime and anywhere, without the need to own one. Other than freeing them from the financial commitments of car-ownership, we also aim to work towards a car-lite initiative and a greener environment.https://www.carclub.com.sgNParksNParks is responsible for providing and enhancing the greenery of Singapore, which the government calls a “City in a Garden”. Beyond building green infrastructure, NParks is actively engaging the community to enhance the quality of their living environment. NParks manages over 300 parks and 4 nature reserves. There is a hierarchy and diversity of parks, ranging from large regional parks to neighbourhood parks and playgrounds, where a spectrum of natural ecosystems co-exists with horticultural gardens. Adding to this is the extensive streetscape, or roadside greenery, that forms the backbone of the City in a Garden. An island-wide Park Connector Network is also being developed to link major parks, nature areas and residential estates.