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Major Exhibiting Themes--Intelligent & Electrified--are among focuses of these new technologies TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- One highlight in the 2017 TAIPEI AMPA / AutoTronics Taipei, the largest auto-parts show in Taiwan and a leading one of its kind in Asia, held from April 19-22, 2017 in Taipei, is the eye-catching technology R&D achievements showcased by Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC). This year, the major exhibiting themes of the "TARC Pavilion", a 20-booth special zone located at L0618, 4F, Nangang Exhibition Center, are "Intelligent & Electrified".  The opening ceremony of the TARC Pavilion in the 2017 TAIPEI AMPA/AutoTronics Taipei show was attended by many VIPs, including this year’s host Joe Huang (fifth from right), TARC committee chairman and president of ARTC. (photo from TARC) TARC, the most-important automotive-technology R&D platform in Taiwan, exhibited a total of 21 new technologies/products; plus the "Experiencing Autonomous Technology" reality demo, in the annual show. The "Experiencing Autonomous Technology" lets the general public on-site experience an autonomous vehicle equipped with homegrown ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) technologies onboard passing through 10 automated-driving circumstances. The Experiencing activity is hosted at the Nangang Exhibition Center MRT Station Exit, next to the show venue, during the full show period. The 10 ADAS technologies demonstrated is an clear indicator of the last mile before Taiwan's mature capability in autonomous vehicle to be put on-road. Eye-catching Exhibits to Draw Int'l Attentions Statistics compiled by market research firm IHS showed that there will be a boom for autonomous vehicles in the period between 2025 and 2035, when annual global sales of such vehicles are forecasted to top some 21 million units. TARC well-planned this year's exhibiting themes, Intelligent & Electrified, for the TARC Pavilion, anticipating showcasing the "21+1" latest R&D achievements developed by consortium members, including Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC), Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), Mechanical and System Research Laboratories (MSL) of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Material and Chemical Research Laboratories (MCL) of ITRI, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), and their private-company partners. Among these advanced technologies and products, several highlights draw intensive attentions from international visitors, such as the Vision Based Forward Object Detection System; Cooperative Vehicle Positioning System; Driver Simulator; Long-distance Floating Multi-screen HUD; Belt Starter Generator; Demonstration of Practical Operation of Cloud Real-Time Management Technology to Electric Vehicles; Lightweight Modular Vehicle Frame etc. In addition, the heavy-weight experiencing activity organized by ARTC is the first of its kind in Taiwan, letting the general public practically experience various homegrown ADAS technologies on an evolutionary-version autonomous vehicle.   TARC's Vital Role Joe Huang, TARC's committee chairman and president of ARTC, notes that in conjunction with the rapid development and advancement of sensor fusion, deep neural networks for image recognition, connected vehicle etc. technologies, various electronics and assist systems are counting for an increasing higher share in a vehicle's overall cost. Through the support from the Technology Development Program of Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT), Ministry of Economic Affairs, Huang continued, TARC has been devoting into promoting Taiwan's vehicle-industry development and upgrading. The automotive-technology R&D platform, he adds, has also been continuously integrating available resources in the government, academia, research institutes, and industry to promote related technology advancement; as well as striving to help local companies grab more lucrative business opportunities in the international market through technical/technological transfer (to private makers) and TARC's global connections to the industry. Huang stresses that he welcomes all global visitors to pay a visit to the TARC Pavilion for witnessing latest, heavy-weight R&D achievements developed by the industry alliance. Must-see R&D Achievements at TARC Pavilion At the TARC Pavilion, international visitors are invited to witness the latest intelligent and electrified technologies, including several highlighted exhibits below: "Experiencing Autonomous Technology" "Experiencing Autonomous Technology" is not a single exhibit, but a reality demo of Taiwan's ongoing development of various autonomous-driving technologies. Sitting on an electric golf cart running at the demo ground, you can experience 10 circumstances of an autonomous vehicle, including: auto  picking, lane following, intelligent human-machine interface, mobile-phone wireless charging, pedestrian detecting & autonomous emergency braking, lane changing, traffic-sign detecting, object detecting, auto parking and EV wireless charging. Vision Based Forward Object Detection System The vision (camera)-based Forward Object Detection System real-time detects front pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles, other vehicles, and various types of obstacles etc. Cooperative Vehicle Positioning System A novel vehicle positioning system that integrates multiple positioning-enhancing systems to constitute the cooperative vehicle positioning technology, which can provide high-precision (within-30cm accuracy) and -- stability information of different sensors to meet requirements from autonomous vehicles. Driver Simulator The simulator builds up the needed test circumstances and scenes for ADAS, including vehicle physics model and simulated signals of related interfaces, simulated control algorithms and models etc.; effectively shortening development time by 30% to 50%, as well as reducing costs for vehicle makers, while upgrading product-design reliability. Long-distance Floating Multi-screen HUD With the core laser micro projection technology and the innovative long-distance floating light-path design, all traffic information can be projected in front of the car windshield 2 meters away, reducing the risk of driver's eye fatigue and distraction. The triple display of navigation map, AVM, and driving information can let the driver get all traffic information under the safeties condition. Belt Starter Generator (BSG) The BSG replaces the traditional engine alternator with an electric motor that serves as a generator and a starter motor; can simultaneously have the stop-start and power-assist functions and help cut 20% emission than traditional combustion-engine vehicles. Demonstration of Practical Operation Of Cloud Real-Time Management Technology to Electric Vehicles The technology is applied to real-time monitor in-operation medium- and low-speed EVs powered by used lithium batteries; indicating each in-operation EV's battery-pack healthiness, residual mileage, location, system conditions, accumulated mileage etc. Lightweight Modular Vehicle Frame The aluminum-alloy light-weight platform structure can effectively cut vehicle weight and extend cruise range by 15% or more. It also features modularized design, slip joint concept etc. advanced advantages, and can be applied to the development of various types of vehicles. All the above-mentioned exhibits in static or interactive demonstration, as well as many others, will be showcased under one roof once at the TARC Pavilion during the 2017 TAIPEI AMPA/AutoTronics Taipei show period. Don't miss the chance to experience the coming of autonomous vehicle technologies. 2017 TARC Achievement Showcase Video: https://youtu.be/ka7K1rS2Q5Y About Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC) To promote Taiwan's automotive industry development and strengthen international exchanges and cooperation, the Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) urged four research institutes to establish the TARC in mid-2005. Currently, six members of the consortium are: Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC), Mechanical and System Research Laboratories (MSL) of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Material and Chemical Research Laboratories (MCL) of ITRI, Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), and Hua-chuang Automobile Information Technical Center Co. Ltd. (HAITEC). The TARC aims to establish an integrated platform for automotive technological R&D; help the domestic industry to set up concurrent engineering design platform through international cooperation and technology transfer; and work with local universities to train personnel to set up a platform for innovative research. In recent years, the TARC has been integrating major industrial research institutes and technologies to develop EVs and key systems, as well as advanced automotive-electronic systems. CONTACT: ARTC Stone Su    Email: stone@artc.org.tw Quincy Liang   Email: quincy7243@gmail.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tarc-showcases-211-heavy-weight-autonomous--ev-rd-achievements-in-2017-taipei-ampaautotronics-taipei-show-300446052.html


Li M.-H.,Automotive Research and Testing Center | Tseng P.-K.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
SII 2016 - 2016 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration | Year: 2016

This paper proposes an autonomous self-parking system in specific parking area. In this system, the vehicle can drive itself and find the parking spaces to park automatically using a smartphone. The system consists of parking place searching, steering control, path tracking and wireless communication. According to the type of the parking space which has recognized by ultrasonic scanning, the system will record the suitable parking space, and send the information to the driver's smartphone via wireless network. The developed system sees a limit at vehicular length of +0.8 m and vehicular width of +1m in parallel and perpendicular lot respectively by using Fuzzy-PID steering tracking control and self-positioning via odometry. After the parking is finished, our system will send a success message to inform the driver. The maximum angle between demonstrated vehicle and connecting line of bordering vehicles is smaller than 5°. Our proposed system is carried out with theoretical algorithm, and hardware integration, and furthermore the result shows the ability of vehicle parking. © 2016 IEEE.


Chen L.-K.,National Taiwan University of Science and Technology | Chen C.-A.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
SAE Technical Papers | Year: 2017

The development of an integrated controller for a 4WS/4WD electric bus is investigated. The front wheel steering angle is assumed to be controlled by the human driver. The vehicle is controlled by the rear wheel steering and the yaw moment that can be generated by the differential torque/brake control on each wheel. The high speed cornering is used as the testing scenario to validate the designed controller. Due to the highly nonlinear and the multiple-input and multiple-output nature, the control design is separated into different stages using the hierarchical layer control concept. The longitudinal speed is controlled using a PI controller together with a rule-based speed modification. The other two control inputs, namely the rear wheel steering and the DYC moment, are then designed using the state-dependent Riccati equation method. The designed controllers are evaluated using computer simulations first, and the simulations showed promising results. A scaled electric bus is being constructed to serve as the experimental platform for the designed controllers. In the future the designed controllers will be evaluated with TruckSim simulations and the scaled electric bus experiments. © 2017 SAE International.


Wu T.-S.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
SAE Technical Papers | Year: 2017

Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) usually contain radar, (stereo) camera and/or LiDAR-based technology to identify potential collision partners ahead of the car, such that to warn the driver or automatically brake to avoid or mitigate a crash. The advantage of camera is less cost: however, is inevitable to face the defects of cameras in AEBS, that is, the image recognition cannot perform good accuracy in the poor or over-exposure light condition. Therefore, the compensation of other sensors is of importance. Motivated by the improvement of false detection, we propose a Pedestrian-and-Vehicle Recognition (PVR) algorithm based on radar to apply to AEBS. The PVR employs the radar cross section (RCS) and standard deviation of width of obstacle to determine whether a threshold value of RCS and standard deviation of width of the pedestrian and vehicle is crossed, and to identity that the objective is a pedestrian or vehicle, respectively. The performance of the proposed algorithm is pressed via the experimental test data. © 2017 SAE International.


Lin J.-C.,National Central University | Lin C.-S.,National Central University | Liang C.-N.,Automotive Research and Testing Center | Chen B.-C.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
IEEE Communications Magazine | Year: 2012

Next-generation telematics solutions are being driven by the maturation of recently deployed intelligent transportation systems, assisted by the integration of and rapid collaboration with information communication technology markets and the automotive industry. Examples of this trend can be found in DSRC contexts in which Wi-Fi and WiMAX have become very relevant in vehicular environments. Comprehensive field trials were conducted and relevant measurements were collected in physical environments to investigate the possible environmental factors that occur in roadside-unit-to-vehicle communication scenarios. In these carefully controlled automobile experiments, the most representative parameters are measured and analyzed for DSRC in dynamic environments (e.g., packet loss, latency, and delay spread). Using a systematic testing procedure and through measurement analysis, the communication performance and the operating reliability of wireless communications can be effectively verified; insightful improvements and helpful suggestions and contributions may thus be achieved for telematics system designs. Furthermore, a practical, reasonable, and standardized testing procedure is proposed, and it can be utilized in equipment verification and product certification. © 1979-2012 IEEE.


Yang F.-L.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
2015 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, APEMC 2015 | Year: 2015

In order to effectively resolve the environmental issues of energy consumption and the emission of exhaust, electric vehicle with green, clean and energy-saving characteristics has been developed and will become more and more popular on the road. Electric vehicle is powered by its traction battery and needs to be continually charged by coupling to the public power mains, which may result in some interference along the charging cables. To sufficiently prevent the mutual interference between electric vehicle and the power mains, the international vehicle regulation ECE R10 (rev4 & rev5) had put forth the measurement method of current harmonics on electric vehicle's charging system. Therefore, this paper refers to vehicle EMC compliant test procedures to study if the measurement result of current harmonics will be influenced by different measuring method or test duration when the electric vehicle is in REESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System) charging mode. © 2015 IEEE.


Wen R.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
2015 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, APEMC 2015 | Year: 2015

This paper explored the possibility to make use of a reverberation chamber for vehicle level RF emission measurement. A chamber calibration and site attenuation evaluation method is described along with a comparison of measurement results with ALSE. The RF radiated emission test of a passenger vehicle is conducted in both reverberation chamber and ALSE respectively, and the correlation between reverberation chamber and ALSE is presented. © 2015 IEEE.


Hsieh M.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
2013 World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, EVS 2014 | Year: 2014

Electric Vehicle has been an international trend so various industries try to evaluate EV cost and commercial viability to get into this market. This study lists each cost parameter that may affect companies' acceptability of market transference from traditional fuel vehicle to Electric Vehicle (EV). Three types of cost parameters are included and they transferable costs, fixed cost, and variable cost. Those cost parameters are environment construction, battery residual value, vehicle maintenance cost, vehicle price without battery, battery price, credit interest, oil market price, electricity market price, battery technology and so on. Here cabin cruiser of official rental type from Taiwan EV pilot projects is an example to compare with the same vehicle type of the fuel vehicle. This study attempts to construct a cost analysis model of the commercial viability. This model will identify the possible break-even point to be the reference for business preliminary measurement based on the pilot projects in Taiwan and provide the suggestion how to shorter the investment time from the analysis result. © 2013 IEEE.


Chiang C.-W.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
2013 World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, EVS 2014 | Year: 2014

A wireless charging system with magnetic field shaping is proposed. The magnetic field of wireless power transmission is shaped by an innovated structure of resonator, which is named as Shaped Magnetic Field Resonator (SMFR). The magnetic field is shaped within the zone of active transmission and the magnetic flux density is greatly reduced outside the zone of active transmission. Therefore, the Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) to adjacent electric devices is drastically diminished. The high temperature effect of shielding material induced by eddy current on the shielding material is also improved. Besides, the transfer efficiency can be improved. The numerical analysis (Finite Element Analysis) of the proposed resonators by electromagnetic simulation software is carried out for analyzing the shaped magnetic field. Finally, the proposed system is implemented to validate the feasibility. © 2013 IEEE.


Juang R.-T.,Automotive Research and Testing Center
20th ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013 | Year: 2013

Network management (NM) is essential to the safety and reliability of in-vehicle communication networks. This paper reports on a software development of OSEK/VDX direct NM specified in ISO 17356-5. The design flow, consisting of software implementation, manually functional verification and auto-testing, is elaborated step by step. Following this design flow, the NM software development is straightforward and efficient. The major contribution of the paper is to walk designers through the NM implementation, and then this methodology can be extended to various software developments on vehicular control units.

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