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MoU signed on developing self-driving vehicles

Released at: 17:06, 11/04/2019

MoU signed on developing self-driving vehicles

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FPT, Yamaha Motor, and Ecopark join forces to develop self-driving vehicles.

by Minh Do

Vietnamese information technology company FPT, Japanese motorbike maker Yamaha Motor, and urban developer Ecopark signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on April 11 in Hanoi on developing self-driving electric vehicles through FPT’s autonomous technologies.

FPT will develop autonomous driving software on a Yamaha electric vehicle based on a golf cart, powered by Artificial Intelligence and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technologies. Yamaha will provide technical support and consultation during road tests, while Ecopark will provide logistics and efficient infrastructure. The arrangement seeks to accelerate the adoption of autonomous vehicle technologies and realize the vision of smart public transportation in Vietnam.

The trio are set to improve autonomous vehicles’ capabilities over time. The vehicle is set to hit the road, with features such as following a predetermined route, identifying lanes, returning to the starting point to complete a journey, stopping, parking, dropping off passengers as requested, and detecting and avoiding obstacles along the way.

By the end of this year, having been integrated with FPT’s autonomous technologies, the vehicle should be able to detect objects and vehicles on the road, slow down at the sight of obstacles ahead, and conduct auto-parking without passengers on board. Users would be able also book autonomous vehicles via mobile apps.

“This partnership reflects our commitment to making a positive impact on the community through innovation,” said FPT Software’s Chairman Hoang Nam Tien. “We announced the launch of autonomous technologies in 2017, based on our in-depth research and capabilities in Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Internet of Vehicles, Cloud Computing, and Image Processing, etc. The past two years have seen Made-by-FPT autonomous technologies integrated into vehicles and successfully tested at high-tech zones. We hope this MoU can bring us to the day where autonomous cars using our technologies can be adopted at urban areas, luxury resorts, factories, and warehouses.”

FPT has to date acquired Level 3 in driving automation and sought to upgrade one more notch by the end of this year. Southeast Asia’s leading IT services provider is looking to obtain Level 5, the highest level for self-driving cars, and ISO 26262 certification, an international safety standard in the automotive industry, within a few years.

“We chose FPT as our first partner in Vietnam to integrate advanced autonomous technologies into our latest electric vehicles based on their proven capabilities in digital transformation and global projects,” said Mr. Shoji Shiraishi, Fellow and Senior General Manager of the New Venture Business Development Section, Advanced Technology Centre, at Yamaha Motor. “We’re also confident that the Ecopark green city is one of the most suitable places for our vehicles to hit the road. Following two decades of research and development, we aspire to build low-speed, clean and smart vehicles that can shape the future of mobility, and the success of this cooperation is sure to help validate our vision.”

According to Mr. Nguyen Dung Minh, Deputy General Director of Ecopark, the partnership helps it establish itself as a smart city, adopting information technology and artificial intelligence to provide better living standards to residents while utilizing energy and natural resources effectively. Apart from the greenery and urban landscape, the smart city initiative is its key strategy now and in the near future, with more investment in science and technology applications to come.

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