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FPT Software successfully demonstrates autonomous driving technology

Released at: 16:53, 31/10/2019

FPT Software successfully demonstrates autonomous driving technology

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Public demonstration of autonomous vehicle held at Ecopark urban township.

by Minh Do

FPT Software announced on October 31 its successful pilot demonstration of autonomous driving technologies at Ecopark, an urban township 20 km east of Hanoi.

The demonstration was carried out as the company had pledged in an agreement with Yamaha and Ecopark last April.

The Yamaha electric golf car, after having been upgraded with FPT Software’s latest autonomous technologies, completed a full journey of 4 km around Ecopark without human interaction. The route was designed with five bus stops and various cross-sections to form a slightly challenging environment for the vehicle.

As users booked trips via a mobile app, the vehicle automatically calculated the most optimal route and prioritized passengers in chronological order. It also managed to detect and avoid obstacles / vehicles along the way, as well as pick up and drop off passengers with 100 per cent accuracy. When there were no passengers onboard, the vehicle returned to the starting point and handled the auto-parking function entirely on its own.

These features are equivalent to Level 3 - “Highly Automated Driving” - as defined by the US-based Society of Automotive Engineers.

According to FPT Software Chairman Hoang Nam Tien, this successful demonstration is a major milestone towards making self-driving vehicles a reality, with the potential to transform mobility across urban areas, airports, and luxury resorts, etc. FPT Software is proud to be one of the first companies in Southeast Asia to drive autonomous technologies forward.

At the event he also invited the public to experience highly-automated vehicles firsthand on FPT Tech Day, scheduled for November 21 at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. “For the first time, vehicles integrated with FPT Software’s Made-in Vietnam autonomous technologies will become ‘Transporters’ at FPT Tech Day 2019,” he said.

“We are delighted to see that the demonstration was a success,” said Mr. Nguyen Dung Minh, Deputy General Director of Ecopark. “Going forward, we will seriously consider adopting autonomous driving technologies to offer our residents a better living experience.”

“We look to leverage the power of digital technologies to become a world-class smart city. Ecopark residents will be the first to experience the latest technology advancements, modern facilities, high-quality management services, as well as solutions to use resources effectively.”

FPT Software introduced its first autonomous vehicle in October 2017 based on in-depth research and capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, the Internet of Vehicles, cloud computing, and image processing, etc. The company has successfully tested autonomous technologies on four-seat passenger cars and electric golf cars around local high-tech zones and its own campus.

It is also developing an autonomous mobility solution with advanced features such as on-board diagnostics (OBD) and over-the-air (OTA) software updates to optimize transportation costs and time. With these solutions, the company looks to continue reinforcing its position as a digital transformation pioneer and becoming a world-leading digital transformation services provider within a decade.

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