Acer Unveils Self-Driving Concept Car in Taiwan

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Acer recently unveiled its new self-driving concept car at Taiwan Automotive Technology Innovation Summit 2018. The company has showcased the concept car in collaboration with Yulon Group. this company is one of the major automakers and its subsidiaries automotive electronics provider HAITEC and car brand Luxgen in Taiwan.

Both companies have integrated Acer’s autonomous driving system with the Luzgen S3 electric vehicle platform. With this car concept, both companies have demonstrated that their level 4 ready self-driving car, along with the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomous driving technology.

“Both the ICT and automotive industries are going through a paradigm shift; automation, connectivity, electrification, and ‘servicification’ are vital trends of future development,” said Edward Lin, Associate Vice President, Value Lab, Acer Inc. “In the domain of smart transportation, Acer already has a foothold in electronic ticketing, smart parking, connected car, and traffic prediction, and we are very excited to work with Yulon Group to venture into self-driving cars.”

Lin also added, “With Acer’s strength across software, hardware and services; we are in a good position to leverage our Artificial Intelligence technology and fulfil the vision of Mobility as a Service (MaaS).”

The concept of the self-driving car is based on the Luzgen S3 electric vehicle platform. The car works on Acer’s autonomous self-driving system, which will make a decision and control the vehicle of its own. Acer’s self-driving system works on artificial intelligence and sensor fusion algorithms fed with data from real-time kinematic positioning, cameras, Lidars, MMW radars, IMU (inertial measurement unit) and ultrasonic sensors.

The self-driving car will also use the self-learning technology to carry out object recognition, and then implements dynamic vehicle control to realise autonomous driving. The vehicle will be controlled by 3D Lidar obstacle detection, high precision maps and real-time positioning to help the car steer, cruise, brake, manoeuver, or park.

The company is also claiming that the self-driving concept car has a cloud management system for ‘car-sharing services’ so that a control centre can dispatch cars when users make transportation requests through their mobile device. The cloud management system is capable of scheduling, monitoring, notification and reporting and allows safety monitoring and human intervention.

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