According to recent reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the “Automated Vehicles Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative (AV Testing Initiative)”. This initiative serves to provide an “online platform for sharing self-driving system road test activities” to raise public awareness about self-driving cars. The public can use this platform to understand the test activities of self-driving cars, such as test data including time, location, frequency, number of vehicles, and routes, etc. Currently, there are nine self-driving companies and eight state governments that are participating in the project.
The implementation of self-driving cars not only relies on the R&D achievements but also requires the cooperation of the government in regulations and public affairs, so as to ensure the safety of the public. However, compared with other countries across the globe, Taiwan’s innately dense population, chaotic roads, and various traffic accidents must be a major problem for self-driving car safety tests.
Manager Patrick Liu of Wispro Technology Consulting Corporation states: