Testing program set to start in Singapore this week.

Delphi will begin an autonomous car testing program in Singapore this week, that the company says will lead to Level 4, fully-autonomous cars reaching the road by 2022. 

Over the next three years, vehicles using Delphi's autonomous driving systems will be used in a ride-hailing service along a pre-determined, low-speed route. The project starts this week with the Audi SQ5 that last year became the first autonomous vehicle to cross America, traveling coast-to-coast from San Francisco to New York.  

In 2017, the program will switch to six as-yet-unnamed electric cars, before moving to fully-autonomous, driverless cars around 2019. The project is backed by the Singapore Land Transport Authority, which is in the midst of a major expansion of the country's rail network. It's also keen to tackle to so-called 'first and last mile' issue, the problem of how commuters get to and from mass transit hubs. In theory, electric, autonomous vehicles could solve the problem, cutting both congestion and pollution in the process. 

Delphi hopes to conclude the testing program and put an autonomous car into production by 2022. Simply announcing that date puts the company, one of the biggest auto industry supplier, ahead of other automakers and the likes of Google and Apple, none of whom have given a concrete timeframe for the introduction of their autonomous cars. 

According to Delphi, its systems can be installed in any vehicle, be it a private car, taxi, bus, cargo truck, or purpose-built mobility pod. Similar testing programs to that in Singapore will be launched in the United States and Europe in the near future.