The Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system plays a critical role in managing
traffic congestion in Singapore. The current infrastructure has reached
end-of-life and needs to be decommissioned soon. Its successor, ERP 2.0,
has encountered significant headwinds in the public eye.
ERP X is our attempt to prototype a possible way forward, with the goal
of starting a conversation around alternative implementations.
The ERP X concept is simple: Use existing traffic cameras to charge ERP
tolls. Drivers are informed via their mobile phone.
Vehicle passes through camera
System reads car plate
ERP toll charged to phone
Our prototype uses a regular office webcam to stream video footage of
cars driving past. The software reads the license plates using common machine
learning and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) techniques. The ERP toll
is charged to drivers' credit cards, and they are sent a mobile app notification.
Instead of installing hardware into their vehicle, we also provide drivers
with a mobile app where they can register multiple vehicles, set up automated
credit card payments, and view their payment history.
We believe this concept is a potential alternative to the ERP system.
in potential cost savings
3 million man-hours
in potential labour savings from installation
installed in your car
The technology also has other use cases, such as:
Traffic enforcement - Serving enforcement fines, such
as speeding or red light tickets.
Border crossing - Processing vehicles, monitoring wait
times, and catching errant drivers who cut queues.
Detailed report -
More info about the ERP X prototype and the team’s findings.