BYD Auto and Singapore’s A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) have signed an agreement to jointly develop electric cars with autonomous vehicle sensors to advance clean technology in Singapore’s transport system.
The joint laboratory will leverage on IR’s deep vehicle expertise in integrating autonomous vehicle technologies and combine BYD’s electric car capabilities to develop:
– Drive-by-Wire system in BYD’s electric cars using electronic controls to activate the brakes, control the steering and operate other systems in the vehicles.
– Autonomous Vehicle fleet management system that can dynamically allocate autonomous vehicle resources based on real time information or vehicle-location, route, and origin-destination information.
These data will be useful for the autonomous vehicle systems to learn situation awareness in the context of Singapore traffic rules, road environment and to make intelligent judgements based on predicted and typical responses of drivers. This will enable the driverless system to co-exist seamlessly, predictably and safely with human-driven vehicles in the future.
They will develop over 100 smart electric cars for test-bedding in Singapore.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research, the parent organization of the Institute for Infocomm Research, said it will contribute its expertise in integrating autonomous vehicle technologies, while BYD will bring its expertise in developing electric vehicles.