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City Unveils Taiwan’s First Testing Facility for Self-Driving Vehicles

City Unveils Taiwan’s First Testing Facility for Self-Driving VehiclesOn March 13, Taipei City Government joined representatives from industry and academia to unveil a test field for autonomous vehicles – a first of its kind for the island.
Located inside the Beitou Shilin Science Park, the ten-hectare facility is furnished with real-world road infrastructure. The fields will be used for conducting trials of IoV, automated driving, and intelligent infrastructure technologies.
Deputy Mayor Charles Lin remarked that Taipei is a metropolis with an open attitude towards all kinds of experimental and innovative transportation services. He expressed his gratitude to those participating in the test programs and expects the government’s collaboration with industry to generate more force for innovation.
Taiwan’s experiences in automated car technologies will be shared with the world at the coming Smart City Summit & Expo, which is slated for March 27-30, Lin added.
According to Information Technology Commissioner Lee Wei-bin, the test field is meant to foster the development of smart city, speed up the realization of smart transport services, and provide a venue for experimentation involving different application scenarios.
The test field program brings together a diverse pool of participants, including ACER (unmanned driving platform developer), 7Starlake (driverless bus service provider), as well as teams from National Taiwan University, iAuto technology, and Institute for Information Industry. DSRC equipment is provided by the Forward Electronics/Industrial Technology Research Institute team, while Automotive Research & Testing Center offers professional consulting services. City Science Lab, teamed up by MIT Media Lab and the NTUT, also showcased its PEV brainchild at the venue to make an impression.