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Taiwan unveiled a driverless mini-bus

Courtesy of MOFA
Taiwan reveiled electric mini bus that has operate automatic positioning system and will undergo testing in the forth quarter of 2020 and goes to the market in 2021.

The parts, components and systems were developed and built by more than 20 domestic companies, according to a statement released by the ARTC.

The project received NT$40 million (US$1.26 million) in sponsorship from the Department of Industrial Technology (DOIT) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), reported CNA.

The driverless vehicle meets the Level 4 automation criteria of the U.S.-based Society of Automotive Engineers, which means the WinBus can operate fully without a driver.

The WinBus is scheduled to undergo a trial before the end of the year and enter mass production before the end of 2021, according to the MOEA. 

The vehicle was developed by a chain of local industries under the auspices of the Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC) Taiwan's leading transportation-vehicle testing and R&D Institute, and with financial and technological support from the MOEA.

WinBus has three positioning systems, compared to American manufacturer Tesla’s one. This enables the self-driving bus to shift to the best navigation system according to the topography.
Five municipalities have expressed interest in introducing the driverless bus. MOFa has additionally pledged supporting measures to promote innovation in the country’s transportation industry.
ARTC president Liao Ching-chiu said the development of the WinBus can also serve as a model for the innovation of all sorts of systems, based on consumer demand.


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