The National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) and TUV Rheinland Taiwan have formed a strategic partnership on autonomous driving.
The two parties are engaged in the exchange and integration of their respective resources, using a closed autonomous vehicle testing course and joint laboratories in Tainan, southern Taiwan. The joint effort is aimed at building a feasible proposal for the future of autonomous driving in Taiwan.
Under the strategic cooperation framework, the NARLabs is responsible for the planning of the national smart driving policy. The Taiwan CAR Lab in Shalun, Tainan will serve as the autonomous driving test environment, providing autonomous driving vendors with a real-world environment for testing mixed traffic on a closed course.
The latest international technological developments will be introduced by TUV to help design the validation safety standard for autonomous vehicles in closed courses. The two parties will engage in multilateral cooperation on project development, planning, and revision of national/local laws. Industry, government, academic, and commercial entities will be connected together to promote the development of related industries.
Kuang-Chong Wu, acting president from the NARLabs, said that through cooperation with TUV it can introduce international autonomous driving vehicle testing standards and build a certification environment to assist the domestic vehicle components, automotive electronics, and ICT industries to accelerate integration into the international supply chain.
Wallace Pan, general manager, New Business Development of Mobility Division at TUV, said, “In the future, cars will be like a mobile phone on wheels. The increasing maturity of Internet-of-Vehicles (IoV) technology means most cars will be able to connect to the Internet. At the moment there are two main types of connectivity technologies: DRSC and C-V2X. Since C-V2X is compatible with 5G, we expect it to replace DRSC one day. Autonomous vehicles need to go through a series of tests before they can touch the road. A safe autonomous driving design must take the application scenario, functional safety, and network security into account. All of these three components are essential.” At the moment, most commercial implementations for autonomous vehicles are on short, fixed routes. Examples of these include transport routes in closed areas, such as airports and harbor docks.