Taiwan unveils driverless minibus

Credit: ARTC YouTube

Taiwan has unveiled its first fully-autonomous electric vehicle, developed and manufactured solely by Taiwanese businesses

According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the minibus, named WinBus, is expected to roll-out nationwide in 2021, with 5 major cities and 9 transportation organisations lined up to integrate it into their transportation network.

The WinBus utilises three positioning systems to identify obstacles, other road users and infrastructure. For comparison, Tesla’s famed autonomous vehicles use only one. It navigates by using vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications, talking to other connected vehicles as well as smart infrastructure and the built environment. 

However, smart vehicles like the WinBus rely on an advanced 5G network, which is set to launch in Taiwan in the first quarter of 2020. This advanced network minimises latency, offering the speed and capacity to facilitate V2X communications.

The vehicle was developed by a group of domestic manufacturers under guidance from the Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC), Taiwan’s foremost vehicle R&D institute.

According to ARTC, the WinBus meets the SAE Level 4 standard for autonomous-driving, meaning that the all-electric minibus can successfully carry out self-driving and environment-monitoring tasks with no need for a human driver. 

Taiwan’s move to develop this fully-autonomous vehicle using a completely homegrown supply-chain shows an eagerness to join other nations in developing driverless-vehicles, while at the same time giving a boost to the local economy through industry and opportunity.

The WinBus will come into commercial use later this year, with Changhua Coastal Industrial Park keen to offer a shuttle service to its visitors.

Luke Conrad

Technology & Marketing Enthusiast

IoT Security: Protecting Your Connected Devices from Cyber Attacks

Miro Khach • 19th June 2024

Did you know we’re heading towards having more than 25 billion IoT devices by 2030? This jump means we have to really focus on keeping our smart devices safe. We’re looking at everything from threats to our connected home gadgets to needing strong encryption methods. Ensuring we have secure ways to talk to these devices...

Future Proofing Shipping Against the Next Crisis

Captain Steve Bomgardner • 18th June 2024

Irrespective of whether the next crisis for ship owners is war, weather or another global health event, one fact is ineluctable: recruiting onboard crew is becoming difficult. With limited shore time and contracts that become ever longer, morale is a big issue on board. The job can be both mundane and high risk. Every day...

London Tech Week 2024: A Launched Recap

Dianne Castillo • 17th June 2024

Dominating global tech investment, London Tech Week 2024 was buzzing with innovation. Our team joined the action, interviewing founders and soaking up the latest tech trends. Discover key takeaways and meet some of the exciting startups we met!

The Future of Smart Buildings: Trends in Occupancy Monitoring

Khai Zin Thein • 12th June 2024

Occupancy monitoring technology is revolutionising building management with advancements in AI and IoT. AI algorithms analyse data from IoT sensors, enabling automated adjustments in lighting, HVAC, and security systems based on occupancy levels. Modern systems leverage big data and AI to optimise space usage and resource management, reducing energy consumption and promoting sustainability. Enhanced encryption...

The need to weave agility throughout the business

John Craig Swartz SVP at POWWR • 11th June 2024

With geopolitical tensions, more extreme weather events and the legacy of a global pandemic, it is more difficult for energy suppliers to preserve their margins and remain competitive than ever before. To thrive in the current climate, it is imperative that a supplier makes marginal gains wherever they can. Profitability within the sector today hinges...

Artificial general intelligence is closer than expected

AI expert Stuart Fenton • 10th June 2024

Whilst most of the attention around artificial intelligence (AI) thus far has been on ChatGPT, it is just the tip of the iceberg. In many ways, ChatGPT shouldn’t be thought of as true AI as it is – at its heart – just generative, learned behaviour. The future of AI, in contrast, is a system...