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Self-driving electric buses will be soon to launch in Taiwan



Last Friday, December 28, 2019, Taiwan has announced an agreement that they will produce 10 self-driving electric buses at the end of 2021. Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) together with Mobiletron Electronics, will have a trial production of the first vehicle expected as early as the first quarter of the year 2020.

 Because of the partnership, it will bring together a total of 14 domestic manufacturers of automotive electronics, software and hardware said the ITRI.

 The director-general of the Department of Industrial Technology under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Lo Ta-sheng said that his department will push for the establishment of legal parameters governing the testing of self- driving vehicles on the public roads in their joints press conference.

 Lo said that both parties involved will conduct joint research on for the development of self-driving buses and also as for freight transport vehicles. 
Mobiletron Electronics has given an initial investment of NT$160 million (US$5.3 million) for the agreement. 

 The company is expecting to be the mass producing of level 3 self-driving buses at the end of 2021 said Mobiletron Chairman Tsai Yu-ching. The level 3" is used to denote vehicles where the driver can safely take his or her eyes off the road, while the "level 2" refers to hands-free driving, and "level 1" referring to more basic technologies, like cruise control and automatic parking in the autonomous vehicle industry. 

 Tsai said, together with another major partner in this project -- RAC Electric Vehicles -- Mobiletron will also work with ITRI to integrate Taiwanese energy storage, AI, telecommunication, auto parts, and other technologies into the electric vehicle platform to help the self-driving electric buses to be successful. 


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