Lilee helps Tainan launch self-driving revenue-generating bus

  • March 31, 2020
  • imc

Tainan, Taiwan’s fifth largest city, is launching a revenue-generating self-driving bus programme using technology from California-based Lilee Systems.
 
Lilee provides self-driving technologies and system integrations and is working with the Tainan city government. Lilee’s self-driving bus will begin to serve two business areas later this year, a milestone in the city’s two-year smart transportation development plan.
 
Tainan and Lilee expect to start revenue services in the second half of 2020 on two business routes. The city plans to open up more public roads for autonomous vehicles operations after safety verification and performance evaluation. The ART autonomous rapid transit will continue to mature based on riders’ feedback and technology development.
 
Lilee conducted a self-driving proof-of-concept in 2018 and a proof-of-service in 2019 and demonstrated high passenger satisfaction and reliable operations. Based on rail-control principles, the bus will run on fixed bus routes, remotely managed by a cloud-based, central operations control centre for an added layer of safety. The tests showed that ART enhances safety and passenger experience in public transportation compared with LRT (light rail transit) and BRT (bus rapid transit). Due to these demonstration, the Tainan city government selected Lilee to lead the city’s first self-driving bus project.
 
“The autonomous bus project opens new opportunities for our city of ample technology resources to cultivate driverless research and development on artificial intelligence, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, high-definition maps, robotics and remote control,” said Ming-Te Wang, director of Tainan’s Bureau of Transportation. “We look forward to the partnership with Lilee Systems to enhance the current public transportation system with autonomous buses and together expand the sustainable business model from Tainan to the global market.”
 
Lilee provides real-time connectivity for on-board devices in trains, buses and autonomous vehicles, and for smart cities. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Taipei.
 
“We are excited about the collaboration with local communication providers and transportation companies for route design, roadside infrastructure development and field tests,” said Jia-Ru Li, CEO of Lilee Systems. “Given the support of the Tainan city government, this project will set an example of how governments can use autonomous rapid transit to solve public transportation challenges, such as increasing travel demands and driver shortage.”