BYD e6 without driver
Singapore’s largest ICM (information and communication management) research institute, I2R—a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) family—announced a partnership with BYD to develop autonomous vehicle technology.
The joint laboratory agreement concerns developing electric vehicles with autonomous vehicle sensors to advance clean technology in Singapore’s smart transport system.
2. The joint laboratory will leverage on I2R’s deep vehicle expertise in integrating Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technologies and combine BYD’s state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) capabilities to develop:
a) 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.
b) Autonomous Vehicle fleet management system that can dynamically allocate AV resources based on real time information or vehicle-location, route, and origin-destination information.
I2R's task will be to "implement its primary cutting-edge autonomous vehicle sensory system that collects data on AV intelligence and AV fleet management in these electric vehicles".
Will this lead to commercialization of Chinese autonomous electric cars? Time will tell.
Dr. Lee Shiang Long, Executive Director of I2R commented:
“I2R is very proud to be able to attract BYD, one of China's largest companies specializing in electric vehicles to invest in Singapore and jointly develop more than one hundred electric cars with autonomous capabilities for test-bedding purposes. With I2R’s expertise in the autonomous vehicle technologies, BYD’s vast experience in electric vehicles and strong support from the relevant Singapore authorities, we hope to benefit the transport industry in Singapore and countries all over the world.”
Mr. Liu Xueliang（刘学亮）, General Manager of BYD Asia-Pacific Auto Sales Group, stated:
“Intelligent cars will be one of the most important directions for the transportation industry in the future. The collaboration between BYD and I2R, Singapore’s largest ICM research institute, with its deep knowledge in autonomous vehicle technologies, is going to be an exciting journey for us. We believe that a new energy vehicle embedded with autonomous driving technologies will provide drivers with a completely different driving experience.”