Taiwan began to develop its automobile industry in the 1950, but due to the lack of engine technology, it was difficult to develop a complete automobile industry chain. Until 1989, ITRI implemented the "Shared Engine Project" to establish independent technology by manufacturing automobile engines. That is, it sent engineers to the British Lotus Company to learn core technologies and developed the country's first 1.2L shared engine. Together with Yulon, Sanyang, China Automobile, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, ASRock Machinery was formed to mass-produce the shared engine, which was installed in China Willy commercial vehicles. It will also be introduced into China's own car brand Luxgen in the future.
At the same time, ITRI also made breakthroughs in the research and development of motorcycle engines. In 1988, Taiwan's first domestically produced motorcycle engine, the "Injection Engine Scoda MIRL80i" was produced. Its injection system was more advanced than that of foreign scooters. Since 2000, ITRI has been successful in the research and development of electric motorcycles, laying out key technologies from engines to motors, batteries and systems, including "New Generation Concept Scooter RoboScooter", "High-speed Chargeable and Dischargeable Aluminum Battery", "High Energy and "High-safety resin solid-state battery", "Nationally produced heavy-duty electric motorcycle drive subsystem public version solution", etc., and connect industry players to form an electric motorcycle alliance to complete the upstream, midstream and downstream supply chain and promote the electric motorcycle industry internationally.
Facing the new era of electric vehicles, Internet of Vehicles and autonomous driving, ITRI has invested heavily in technological energy to complete the electric vehicle ecosystem. For example, it invested in the development of electric vehicle charging systems, participated in the formulation of electric vehicle charging standards and specifications, and created Taiwan's first car charging pile. It also spawned a new start-up company called "eTreego ", which now accounts for 60% of Taiwan's charging pile market. Leading manufacturers. Its self-developed patented technology of "the non-uniform current charging " can achieve the best current allocation for multiple electric vehicles charging at the same time to avoid power jumps. It can also achieve the best cost-effectiveness for large charging stations.
Optimistic about this technology, Shilin Electric, Hotai Motor and Hotai Finance, a subsidiary of Hotai Motor Group, joined hands to eTreego in 2023 and jointly established the country's first professional charging service and operation software company "Gochabar" , targeting three major application scenarios: community buildings, enterprise construction, and public construction, to prepare for the upcoming electric vehicle charging business opportunities.
In the next generation of transportation, in addition to the intelligence of the vehicles themselves, vehicles and vehicles, vehicles and signs, roadside devices, etc. must also communicate with each other to protect road safety. ITRI has entered into vehicle information communication with the energy of information communication. In 2009, it developed Taiwan's first set of vehicle-specific short-distance communication technology (WAVE/DSRC); in 2012, it jointly developed DSRC vehicle-mounted equipment with Japanese automobile supplier DENSO and marketed it globally.
The first domestic V2X Internet of Vehicles solution "iRoadSafe Smart Road Safety Warning System" integrates communications, sensors, traffic signs, facilities and other information, and uses anti-collision algorithms to predict the future trajectories of people, vehicles and objects. If the prediction If a collision occurs, warnings will be sent through vehicle systems, electronic signage, and roadside communication and broadcasting equipment. This technology won the 2019 Edison Award Silver Medal and has been deployed at 26 high-accident risk intersections in 8 counties and cities including Shuangbei, Hsinchu, Taichung, and Nantou. The technology has been transferred to many manufacturers to help the industry advance its layout in Southeast Asia.
ITRI has invested in the research and development of self-driving technology for many years. In 2019, it obtained the country's first self-driving license plate "Trial 0001". In cooperation with the Hsinchu City Government, it selected Nanliao Fishing Port as the experimental open site for self-driving cars, becoming Taiwan's first self-driving car license plate. Self-driving cars verified in open fields. It is worth mentioning that it is common for cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians to mix on the roads in Taiwan. Through open field testing, real road information can be collected, which will help to quickly improve self-driving technology and drive the industry to expand internationally.
In terms of industrial vertical applications, ITRI cooperated with HCT Logistics to launch Taiwan's first self-driving logistics experimental test case directly conducted on an open real mixed pedestrian and vehicle road in downtown Hsinchu. This service route with a total length of 1.9 kilometers is a self-driving delivery from business office to business office. The efficient algorithm system handles the complexity of information such as people, vehicles, roads, etc., and can save thousands of packages per month in the initial stage of operation. Center to solve the problems of manpower shortage and driver overwork. In addition, the Industrial Research Institute has also linked up with automotive and electronics manufacturers and bus operators to jointly promote self-driving electric minibuses and provide connection services between Zhubei urban area and high-speed rail in 2022.
From engines to Internet of Vehicles, from charging piles to self-driving cars, ITRI continues to hone innovative technologies and move from the laboratory into the real world, bringing convenience to people's new lives while also finding new business opportunities for the industry.