Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation exhibited its mixed reality (MR) technology for Singapore’s North-South and East-West mass rapid transit (MRT) lines at the Land Transport Authority (LTA) gallery. The innovative technology showcases the interior and exterior design of the BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro, providing an interactive experience inside the newly built physical train mock-up. The tool renders a composite view of the new metro’s design and colour schemes.

Bombardier and LTA are using the MR technology to decide on the final design of the new MOVIA metros. This technology shows an enhanced visualization of a more inclusive, user-friendly public transportation system with more open space for wheelchairs, personal mobility devices or strollers.

‘Digital innovation is at the core of our strategy and is an essential step to meeting the next generation of mobility needs for both customers and passengers,” said Jayaram Naidu, Head of Southeast Asia, Bombardier Transportation.

‘By integrating the MR technology into the design phase of project delivery, LTA is able to make faster and more precise decisions, accelerating project development and installation steps in project execution. It also allows everyone to view a developed vehicle on highresolution display walls – and even touch it.’

In 2018, Bombardier signed a contract with Singapore’s LTA to supply 396 MOVIA metro cars for passenger services on the high-capacity North-South (NSL) and East-West (EWL) MRT lines.

Combined, the two lines, running both above and under ground, total 102 km in length and serve 61 stations, with an average daily combined ridership of 1.8 million. In its six-car configuration, the vehicles integrate some of the world’s most advanced mobility technologies, including the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and control system. This system manages the flow of both onboard and subsystem information, as well as data between the vehicle and the rail infrastructure.

Over the last 20 years in Singapore, Bombardier has delivered 276 driverless MOVIA metro cars for Singapore’s Downtown Line and 13 INNOVIA APM 100 automated people mover cars for the Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. Earlier this year, a new asset replacement contract was awarded to supply 19 new INNOVIA APM 300 cars, to retrofit 13 existing INNOVIA APM 100 cars, and to deliver a signalling system upgrade for 13 stops on the Bukit Panjang LRT line.