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FPT Software proposes trial of self-driving autos

Update: May, 16/2018 - 17:00
A self-driving auto runs in campus F-Town in HCM City’s District 9. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — FPT Software has asked the Ministry of Transport and relevant sectors for permission to operate self-driving autos in hi-tech zones and software parks nationwide on an experimental basis.

FPT said it had studied the self-driving technology from 2016 to October 31, 2017, before announcing the first self-driving vehicle in Việt Nam. The company had been operating trams in central Đà Nẵng City (around F-Complex, FPT Software Đà Nẵng) and self-driving cars around FPT Software HCM City.

The self-driving vehicles have a speed of 20-25kmph on an average and can reach up to 40kmph in a straight direction. It can self-align, turn in line and avoid obstacles or tripping when needed. The vehicle has over 1,000 hours of self-steering, with no problems in different weather conditions such as sunshine, rain and low light.

FPT said it would continue to research, develop and complete the vehicle’s brake and gas controllers, integrate GPS module and navigation system, develop built-in voice response control and upgrade the centralised processor.

Lê Hồng Việt, FPT’s Chief Technology Officer, said the corporation had invested in self-propelled technology and set a goal to become one of the leading companies in automotive software in the world.

FPT is currently implementing many projects related to self-propelled and automotive technology for some 40 major customers around the world. FPT aims to reach US$200 million in automotive sales by 2020, including software, design, analysis and IC design.

The corporation also aims to supply 10 per cent of the world’s self-propelled automotive software by 2025. — VNS

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