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A*STAR, China firm ink joint lab deal to push clean EV tech

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research? EV? battery? autonomous vehicle? sensor?

A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and BYD Co. Ltd, a company in China specialized in battery technologies, have entered a joint laboratory agreement to created electric vehicles (EVs) with autonomous vehicle (AV) sensors to advance clean technology in Singapore's smart transport system.

The deal will leverage on I2R's vehicle expertise in integrating AV technologies and combine BYD's 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, and an AV fleet management system that can dynamically allocate AV resources based on real time information or vehicle-location, route and origin-destination information.

As Singapore's largest ICM research institute, I2R will implement its primary cutting-edge AV sensory system that collects data on AV intelligence and AV fleet management in these EVs.

These data will be useful for the AV robotic intelligence to learn situation awareness in the context of Singapore traffic rules, road environment and to make intelligent judgements based on predicted and typical responses of drivers. This enables the driverless system to co-exist seamlessly, predictably and safely with human-driven vehicles in the future.

BYD claims to be an experienced developer of EVs for a global market and a leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies such as the iron phosphate battery used in BYD EVs and buses. The company was ranked first in Bloomberg's and Business Week's 2009 Tech100 List and is actively promoting the use of EVs on a global basis.

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