Increasing application of emerging technologies such as 5G telecommunications, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analysis can make transportation networks more responsive to people's needs. Responding to this trend, the government is promoting the second stage of its intelligent transportation systems development program, to run from 2021 to 2024. The plan aims to upgrade transport services and create new business opportunities for the transportation industry, with the combined goals of establishing transport data technology and services, and developing digital infrastructure for the national core transportation network.
Testing facilities are being built for innovative transportation technology that will incorporate integrated cross-platform transport vehicles together with AI applications for transportation. The program also envisions smart transportation helping to bridge the urban-rural transport gap and ameliorate disparities facing disadvantaged groups.
■ Create transportation data services for the coming 5G era: Provide foundational big data infrastructure for such resources as the Transport Data eXchange and transport-relevant oceanographic and meteorological data. Integrate and make accessible disparate data sources for value-added use by all sectors in preparation for Taiwan's future 5G information environment.
■ Build digital infrastructure for the core transportation network: Pair existing technology with new AI applications and 5G networks to lay a foundation for digital infrastructure and make transportation management and control systems "smarter," including increasing coverage of data collection to help lower the number of transport mishaps and improve overall transit safety and efficiency.
■ Engineer an environment of everyday transportation mobility services: Build out and expand shared transportation platforms that will serve the public through a transport-as-a-service model, with the goal of raising utilization rates, reducing travel times and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
■ Develop sustainable transport services for happier lives: Consolidate local transportation resources to develop tech-assisted ride-sharing and carpooling services that will meet the needs of riders such as students, elderly patients, and residents of remote communities.
■ Match step with the world in developing intelligent transport technology and applications: Promote demonstration facilities for novel applications and services like internet-enabled smart scooter safety systems and self-driving vehicles. Pursue innovation and experimental programs aimed at preparing for the future of transportation by introducing cutting-edge technology today.