Autonomous driving tests in Taiwan are required to have human drivers onboard the vehicles to take over steering when occasion arises, according to Statute for Experiments of Technological Innovations in Unmanned Vehicle.
Bus service operator Green Transit has cooperated with smart transportation solution provider Lilee Systems and National Taiwan University to undertake trials of autonomous buses in Tainan, southern Taiwan, with Green Transit providing such buses and accompanying drivers, according to company chairman FF Hsu.
Drivers play the role of supervising the management of the self-driving cars, Hsu said.
For autonomous buses being tested currently, a screen that will display green, yellow and red lights is installed beside the collaborative driver: green indicates safe conditions; yellow alerts the driver to conditions ahead; and red means emergency where the driver must take control.
Green Transit chairman FF Hsu
Photo: Yihan Li, Digitimes, August 2020