The Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of the University of Macau (UM) has been made fruitful achievements in scientific research in recent years. Since the launch of ‘Autonomous Driving Bus Testing Platform’ in October, many students and professors were eager to get a glimpse of the bus. Today (24 Nov), FST has invited the Director of Transport Bureau (DSAT) to have a trial ride of the autonomous driving bus. The trial ride has offered an opportunity for relevant departments to review the autonomous driving technology, laws and transportation policies, and discuss the feasibility of expanding this technology into public transport services in the future, so as to promote the development of industry-university-research and stimulate the transformation of scientific and technological achievements.
Intelligent transport represents the future of the automotive industry, with the continuous advancement of autonomous driving technology in Macao, it could be applied into the improvement of the traffic conditions in Macao in the near future. This autonomous driving project successfully uses Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Processing, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and other technologies to collect road information (such as traffic signals, pedestrians and vehicles on the road), so the bus can run safely and reliably. The bus has successfully integrated into the environment to form an efficient transportation system of ‘people- vehicles-roads’. This trial ride has accelerated the discussion about self-driving technology, such as examining the feasibility of current technology in Macao, applying the technology to more public services, and using big data, cloud computing to accelerate the realization of traffic planning and the development of Macao as a smart city.