De Brauw is advising Singaporean transport operator SMRT Services on a contemplated joint venture with Dutch Group Rapid Transit (GRT) systems provider, 2getthere. As the GRT will not require drivers and will be available on-demand, it is expected to be safer and more resource-efficient. The joint venture, 2getthere Asia, will market, install, operate and maintain 2getthere’s automated vehicle systems for customers in the Asia-Pacific region. By the end of this year, 2getthere Asia aims to showcase a GRT – an air-conditioned, 24-passenger “pod” – in a live environment in Singapore.
In anticipation of the growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region for automated vehicles, SMRT Services and 2getthere are also working to deepen their strategic relationship to better support 2getthere’s development and growth.
Dieter Wolff (lead partner), Omar Salah, Jan Pieter Hustinx, Carlos van Staveren