November 29, 2020


AUO forges ecosystem partnerships in self-driving cars, IoV, and smart rail transportation

Digital technologies such as 5G, big data, and AIoT have driven the continuous update of displays and smart applications with reach extending to many vertical markets, one of which is the key market of transportation. During “AUO Tech Forum 2020” hosted by AU Optronics Corp, a dedicated subforum was held for “smart transportation.”

Huge potential in rail transportation is a new blue lake for digital commercial displays

Eric Su, Director of the Public Information Display Division at AUO stated that the company has invested heavily in transportation over the years and has gradually identified a “blue lake” in rail transportation. The company will continue to develop business opportunities in relevant infrastructure and focus on working with companies dealing in passenger information systems (PIS) in the future.

Eric Su emphasized that PIS is one of the fields that best exemplifies the commercial value of displays. Using the example of light boxes which were previously dominated by mono color LED, the company is seeing more and more LCD products being implemented. However, traditional LCD products attempting to enter the field of transportation face many challenges such as space restrictions, harsh environments, and high customization requirements.

Despite the many challenges, these hurdles are perfect for showcasing the capabilities of AUO’s display technologies such as maximum support of 2,500 nits, readability under direct sunlight, and compliance with new trends such as wide temperature range and green energy. More importantly, AUO has developed the industry leading and revolutionary technology TARTAN and the ability to offer stretched display panels as well those with special aspect ratios such as square and round shapes that can meet client requirements with diverse customizations.

Dr Andy Cheng, Industrial Technology Research Institute Deputy Director of the Vehicle Information and Control Systems Group, dissected the current status and outlook of self-driving buses. He mentioned while many believe that displays are not necessary in self-driving vehicles, the opposite is true; as self-driving vehicles cannot be entirely driver-less when initially entering roads, accompanying staff require display panels to keep up to date with dynamic vehicle information.

In the field of self-driving vehicles, buses have great potential due to their fixed routes, which can reduce environmental complexity. Therefore, the Industrial Technology Research Institute delved into self-driving buses in specific Level 4 areas and began closed testing in the first half of the year; Soon, they will work with the Hsinchu County Government in Taiwan to launch self-driving shuttle buses from Hsinchu THSR station to Sheraton Hsinchu Hotel and perform the nation’s first self-driving tests on open road environments.

Smart Internet of Vehicles greatly enhances operation efficiency of fleets

ADLINK Director of Internet Communications and Infrastructure Business Dr. Henry Hu gave a talk about “Self-driving Vehicles are Simple.” He mentioned that based on U.S. statistics, traffic consumes the amount of time equal to the lifespans of 162 people making it clear that traffic has a significant impact on a country’s competitiveness and that self-driving