Taiwan CAR Lab is the first domestic self-driving vehicle testing and display site that encompasses development of both the whole vehicle and automobile components. Its 1.75-hectare intelligent driving laboratory was designed to simulate road conditions in Taiwan when driving at relatively slow speeds of 0 – 30 km/h. It provides a closed space to drive, display, and demonstrate operation of vehicles up to the size of a medium-sized bus. Besides offering domestic and foreign industrial and research organizations opportunities to use the space, Taiwan CAR Lab is working on an integrated interpretation system, expanded virtual platform content, and a basic function ranking system for self-driving vehicle testing. In addition, Taiwan CAR Lab conducted initial establishment of internet of vehicles ICT and an automotive information security testing system and techniques. By accelerating self-driving vehicle R&D, Taiwan CAR Lab is bringing applications closer to market and sparking development of related industries in Taiwan.
When supporting development of self-driving technology by industrial and academic organizations, Taiwan CAR Lab integrates mixed automobile and scooter traffic, specific types of traffic accidents, and other local characteristics. It strengthens virtual simulation banks, image identification banks, and intelligent driving testing databases. These data all link to the dynamic testing situations used by the intelligent driving testing site, in order to strengthen provision of verification and proof of self-driving and internet of vehicles functions in the virtual simulation laboratory (IV & V). The Taiwan CAR Lab test site provides comprehensive, stage-by-stage support to domestic self-driving and internet of vehicles R&D agencies as well as automobile component, automotive electronics, and ICT industries in their efforts to advance self-driving and internet of vehicles smart applications from germination to general use.
Start the Engine of the Self-Driving Vehicle Industry: 18 Manufacturers Jointly Launch the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Alliance
The Department of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs uses a combination of technical R&D and legal adjustments to promote unmanned vehicles. It formulated the world’s first unmanned transport testing act to cover land, water, and aerial vehicles. The department also brought together the semiconductor, information and communications technology (ICT), automotive electronics, and automobile industries to join in building a platform for interaction and collaboration. The joint initiative accelerates development of the self-driving vehicle industry and helps companies to expand global markets.
Testing Sites and Planning
Self-driving research teams conducting on-road tests can be seen at Danhai New Town in New Taipei City, the bus lane on Xinyi Rd. in Taipei, the Cingpu area of Taoyuan, the Nanliao area of Hsinchu, Changhua Coastal Park, the Southern Taiwan Science Park in Tainan, and the Smart Green Energy Science City in Tainan. They accepted the challenge of having self-driving vehicles navigate real Taiwan road and traffic conditions.
Taiwan CAR Lab, meanwhile, plans to cooperate with domestic operators to deploy a 5G testing environment to support domestic automobile component and electronics makers, and the ICT industrial chain, in their efforts to align with international standards.
The National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) oversees eight national-level experimental and research centers. Gathering and coordinating the centers under the administration of NARLabs improves both flexibility and efficiency while advancing the vertical integration of the nation’s technological development system. Integrating core technology and facilities of each research center enables NARLabs to provide domestic industrial, government, academic, and research sectors with a needed platform and technology for key areas, including earth and environment, ICT, biomedical technology, and science and technology.
The Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) is a consolidation of the National Chip Implementation Center (CIC) and National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL). Capitalizing on the strengths of the CIC and NDL in chip design and semiconductor fabrication, TSRI refines research and services provided by industrial, academic, and research sectors. In so doing, it offers a comprehensive range of verification services for semiconductor devices, circuits, and system integration while creating an open information and service platform for semiconductor manufacturing, packaging and testing, integrated circuit design, intellectual property core, and systems integration. With this platform, industrial, academic, and research teams share resources to accelerate technological development and verification while avoiding resource wastage. They become the engine catalyzing semiconductor research and a fountainhead for cultivating an integrated pool of high-caliber professionals.
In order to effectively support Taiwan’s technology research, the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) built technology R&D platforms to help domestic and foreign R&D teams develop high-performance computing and big data applications that cover engineering and science, environmental and disaster prevention, biomedicine, and digital cultural content creation. NCHC has developed into a world class high-performance computing center.
Since 2017, NCHC has been committed to building cloud services and big data computation platforms under the Forward-Looking Infrastructure Development Program. It built national-level AI R&D infrastructure to promote development of domestic emerging technology and industries, laying the foundation for a new generation of critical technologies.