Acer’s latest innovation is Taiwan’s first self-driving concept car with features like the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and autonomous driving technologies
Acer has unveiled its level-4 self-driving concept car in collaboration with top Taiwanese automaker, Yulon Group, HAITEC, an automotive electronics provider and Luxgen Car brand.
Integrating Acer’s autonomous driving system with Luxgen S3 electric vehicle platform, the innovation was presented at the Taiwan Automotive Technology Innovation Summit 2018. They also showcased their shared vision of AI (artificial intelligence) and autonomous driving technology.
Edward Lin, Associate Vice President, Value Lab, Acer Inc, said, “With Acer’s strength across software, hardware, and services, we are in a great position to leverage our AI technology and fulfill the vision of Mobility as a Service (MaaS).”
Partners in technology
Luxgen and Acer have partnered to introduce the all-new self-driving concept car with the former’s electric vehicle platform and the latter’s autonomous driving system encompassing sensing, decision-making and control.
Acer’s self-driving system leverages AI and sensor fusion algorithms fed with data from real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning, cameras, Lidars, MMW radars, IMU (inertial measurement unit) and ultrasonic sensors. It also uses deep learning technology to conduct object recognition and then implements dynamic vehicle control to realize autonomous driving.
It has a cloud management system that can manage scheduling, monitoring, notification, and reporting, thereby allowing safety monitoring and human intervention. Features like image recognition, 3D Lidar obstacle detection, high-precision maps and real-time positioning have been used in the Level-4 self-driving car to help the car steer, brake, cruise, manoeuvre and park.
Talking about the company’s portfolio, Acer’s VP said, “In the realm of smart transportation, Acer already has a foothold in electronic ticketing, smart parking, connected car, and traffic prediction. We are excited to work with Yulon Group to venture into self-driving cars now.”
Future of autonomous driving
Jung-Kuei Chen, Vice President, Product Engineering Group II, HAITEC considers autonomous driving as the future trend of the automotive industry. He said, “Manufacturers around the world are stepping up from level 2 autonomous driving to level 3 and 4. With Acer, we have jointly unveiled Taiwan’s first self-driving concept car with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), IoV (Internet of Vehicles) and autonomous driving technologies.”
According to him, the cross-industry collaboration will be beneficial for future self-driving services.