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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. SWAT's AI routing algorithm tops several renowned benchmarks, and the collaboration will leverage SWAT's 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 Mobileye

Mobileye 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 WILLER

WILLER 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, held
from 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 bus
rides from Suntec to Floating Platform or to Gardens by the Bay and the autonomous shuttle
rides at the respective locations. To experience autonomous vehicle rides on public road
instead 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 App
during ITS World Congress 2019:

1. Float @ Marina Bay
Vehicle: 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 with
the option to try a face recognition ticketing system, which validates passengers tickets when
the face matching the photo taken during booking is detected boarding the vehicle.

2. Sentosa Island
Vehicle: Navya Arma (15 pax), STROBO Bus Series 7 (23 pax)
On Sentosa Island, experience an autonomous vehicle ride on public roads using either of the
two different sized autonomous vehicles.


3. Gardens by the Bay
Vehicle: Navya Arma (15 pax)
Enjoy a ride on the Gardens by the Bay autonomous shuttle, the Auto Rider, on the 24 and 25
October, 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 enjoying
specially-tailored audio visual content from 7pm to 9pm. A face recognition-based ticketing
system 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.

STELS
ST 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.

WILLERS
WILLERS 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.sg

Car Club
Car 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.sg

NParks
NParks 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.