Taiwan's first self-driving electric bus, codenamed EZ10, was unveiled on Thursday at National Taiwan University in Taipei.
The prototype is the brainchild of a team from the university and 7Starlake, a local company that specializes in autonomous driving technologies. The bus has a top speed of 40km/h and can run for up to 10 hours on a single charge. It is designed to accommodate 12 passengers and run with no charging infrastructure support, making it ideal to serve as a shuttle at university campuses, factory plants and airports.
Dr. Yang Pan-chyr, principal of National Taiwan University, said the bus will enter its testing phase in July on the university campus. Yang said the tests will involve real world scenarios, such as starting and stopping at red lights, and avoiding pedestrians. The next planned phase will involve students and teachers riding on dedicated routes on campus.
Source: Radio Taiwan International