Former premier Sean Chen urges developers toward fully autonomous cars (2018/07/04)

  • 2018-07-04
  • Yinung Chen

Once considered the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars are quickly becoming reality. The Society of Automotive Engineers says Taiwan has already reached stage 3 of driverless technology, as it's already able to build semi-autonomous vehicles using sensors. Taiwan has a chance of reaching the fifth and final stage by 2025, building cars that are fully autonomous. Former premier Sean Chen today called on developers to collaborate and drive full-speed ahead toward the goal.

The technology seen in the 1980s hit TV series Knight Rider might not be just science fiction for long. The Society of Automotive Engineers predicts that fully automated vehicles could arrive by 2025.

Lee Chih-kung
ITRI Chairman
This is the car. It has a console. The vehicle is moving forward. A warning indicator shows up, why? Because there’s a person standing in its blind spot.

Joe Huang
Aside from outsourcing this lidar, and outsourcing the initial stage millimeter wave radar, the rest of its systems can probably be produced domestically.

Research into driverless cars started in Taiwan three years ago, with ITRI developing the island’s first driverless bus. Former premier Sean Chen is advising local industry to work together in the endeavor. 

Sean Chen
Former premier
The big shots, whether they’re engine manufacturers, tech giants or platforms, all have created cooperative alliances. If we want to do something just by ourselves, it’s actually not going to be easy.

Driverless cars are becoming a global trend. If Taiwan’s industries want to get a head start, it’ll require teamwork and relevant regulations. The Legislative Yuan passed a draft law on autonomous vehicles in March, which could come into effect by the end of the year.