Autonomous Vehicle in Taiwan

Autonomous cars are just one drop of knowledge in a much bigger field called Internet of Things, IoT

From Wikipedia:
The Internet of Things ( IoT ) is the network of devices such as vehicles, and home appliances that contain electronics, software, actuators, and connectivity which allows these things to connect, interact and exchange data.[1][2][3][4]

The IoT involves extending Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, to any range of traditionally dumb or non-internet-enabled physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, these devices can communicate and interact over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.

For autonomous vehicles, need IoT in stoplights, pedestrian crossings, etc. Try connected grandma on a scooter to the IoT.

Look for Hangzhou City in China
… the “Smart City”, with an AI called “City Brain” that runs the whole traffic of the city.


This Artificial Intelligence based technology product gathers data of traffic from videos located at all traffic intersections located across Hangzhou along with GPS data of large vehicles likes buses and also passenger cars. It then analyses this information during real time to coordinate around 1,000 signals across the city to ease and prevent gridlocks.


Over time, it was allowed to develop a neural network across the city. Everything from the water supply to the sizes of crowds in certain areas was taken into account, and the City Brain slowly found its footing.


Now, as reported by New Scientist, the project has been hailed a remarkable success. Traffic congestion, road accidents, and crime are all down.


This AI has been developped with Alibaba and Foxconn

Toyota’s moonshot: Self-driving car for sale - in a year

Goal: ‘Most powerful supercomputer on wheels’

TOKYO — They call it Toyota’s moonshot: In just one year, Japan’s biggest automaker wants to start selling a self-driving vehicle that it says will be the “most powerful supercomputer on wheels.”

Front page of Taipei Times

Tsai opens test ground for self-driving vehicles

TAINAN CENTER:Former premier William Lai joined the president for a ride around the new lab site in one of three locally made self-driving test vehicles

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday opened the nation’s first closed testing ground for self-driving cars, the Taiwan CAR (connected, autonomous and road-test) Lab in Tainan.

The Taiwan CAR Lab covers 1.75 hectares in the Salun Smart Green Energy Science City compound and features 13 simulated traffic scenarios, the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) said.

The other vehicles at the lab were made by Acer Inc (宏碁) and National Cheng Kung University faculty, and they can achieve level 4 automation — high automation without human presence in specific conditions, NARL Planning and Promotion Office associate researcher Chang Lung-yao (張龍耀) said.

Can’t wait for automated buses.

Sounds like they’re training the cars on a typical driving test circuit. I wonder if the cars will be released en-mass on the roads after the software passes the test.

Taiwan Observer 台灣爆報 created a poll… on Facebook

7 hrs ·

Are you for or against autonomous cars?

This question has been asked in our live broadcast about the topic:

…and that same Taiwan Observer wrote an article about the ‘Ghost Bus’

Today (that was the 3rd of August 2017 !!) very early in the morning a couple of voluntary Taiwan Observer reporters went to central Taipei to check an autonomous mini city bus that is currently being tested there. The test took place on a short stretch bus lane protected from both sides by concrete barriers on Xinyi rd. (信義路) between Fuxing South rd. (復興南路) and Dunhua South rd. (敦化南路).

Here is the website of this driverless shuttle:

So the question is… what’s up about these driverless shuttles?

And if I believe the FB page of that 7Starlake 喜門史塔雷克, they are involved in the Taiwan CAR Lab that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has just opened.


The first closed driving car test field in the country “Taiwan ji-driving test lab”
Today at the official opening of the city of sha in Taiwan, Taipei, President Tsai ing-English was in a speech, and 7 STARLAKE ALSO SIGNED a memorandum of cooperation with the national experimental institute, which will complete the innovative business model in the lab, and develop vehicles, roads, clouds The Generic, the Taiwan ji-driving test lab, provides a full-scale test service for the integration of., and the future will be the indicator field for Taiwan’s development of roadtrip.

And this guy is everywhere…
I guess he is the boss of that 7 STARLAKE

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I guess fat people get hit less often. Easier to see.

But bigger target?

On the main poster of the coming ‘Smart City Summit & Expo’
There is the shape of an autonomous small shuttle
It looks like a Star Lake, in partnership with Ligier
but I think it is actually an Easy Mile ‘rebranded’ Star Lake
Who will be there?

Say ‘autonomous’, and most people will answer… ‘How scary, not reliable, too expensive, not worth, dangerous… blablabla…’

Say ‘Drone delivery of antivenom to Taiwan’s Alishan may be world record’, and then it goes 'Wow, Great, wonderful, beautiful… technology is the key to the future… blablabla… ’

Drone delivery of antivenom to Taiwan’s Alishan may be world record
Delivery of antivenom by drone to clinic in Taiwan’s Alishan may have set world record for altitude

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A drone successfully delivered a dose of antivenom to a remote mountain clinic in southwestern Taiwan’s Chiayi Count on April 19, potentially setting a world record for the greatest difference in altitude covered by a drone delivering antivenom to a mountainous area.

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It’s interesting that it opens up the opportunity to live in more mountainous areas with drone deliveries from cities.
But then we may lose the serenity and privacy of the mountains somehwhat.

You live in the mountains?

Whoever lives and hikes in the mountains.

Oh, I see
So you have decided that people living in the mountains should not use drones to carry antivenoms because it will disturb the serenity and privacy of the mountains for whoever lives and hikes in the mountains.
Interesting concept. Thanks for sharing

That’s not what I mean… Read my post again but turn the autistic filter off.

Today it’s antivenom, tomorrow it’s basically everything.

Which means drones may be flying over your head constantly in the one area that is still relatively quiet and peaceful here.

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