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Yu-Min Joo, Teck-Boon Tan and Ming-Yee Foo

Singapore launched the Smart Nation initiative with much fanfare in 2014. This chapter unpacks this multibillion-dollar initiative by examining the government’s key motivations, governance structure and the notable characteristics of its projects. In the process, it explains how the Smart Nation is a national development strategy of the Singapore Government as it strives to find the next big idea that Singapore can work towards in the next decade, having accomplished its global city development goals. Introducing the autonomous vehicle living lab as a case study, the chapter further illustrates how the government seeks to achieve developmental goals through active state intervention and long-term planning – features consistent with the characteristics of a developmental state. This contextually grounded examination of a technology-oriented strategy in a developmental state allows for a more accurate understanding of policies amid the prevailing discourse on smart city development under neoliberalism.