BYD Collaborates with I2R on Autonomous Vehicle Research

  BYD Collaborates with I2R on Autonomous Vehicle Research

       A*STAR’s I^2R and China’s BYD develop a joint vehicle laboratory

Business Wire

SINGAPORE & SHENZHEN, China -- February 4, 2014

A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I^2R) and BYD Co. Ltd., one of
China's largest companies specializing in battery technologies, has signed a
joint laboratory agreement to develop electric vehicles with autonomous
vehicle sensors. The joint laboratory will leverage I^2R’s in-depth vehicle
expertise in integrating Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technologies and combine
BYD’s state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) capabilities to develop:
Drive-by-Wire system on BYD’s electric cars using electronic controls to
activate the brakes, control the steering, and operate other systems in the
vehicles. An autonomous Vehicle fleet management system that can dynamically
allocate AV resources based on real time information or vehicle-location,
route, origin-destination information.

Moreover, as Singapore’s largest ICM research institute, I^2R, will implement
its primary cutting-edge autonomous vehicle sensory system that collects data
on AV intelligence and AV fleet management in these electric vehicles. This
data will be useful for the AV robotic intelligence to learn situational
awareness in the context of Singapore traffic rules and to make intelligent
judgments based on predicted responses. This can enable the driverless system
to co-exist seamlessly, predictably, and safely with human-driven vehicles in
the future.

Dr. Lee Shiang Long, Executive Director of I^2R said, “I^2R is very proud to
be able to attract BYD, one of China's largest companies specializing in
electric vehicles to invest heavily in Singapore and jointly develop more than
one hundred electric cars with autonomous capabilities. With I^2R’s expertise
in the autonomous vehicle technologies, coupled with BYD’s vast experience in
electric vehicles and strong support from relevant Singapore authorities, we
hope to benefit the transport industry in Singapore and countries all over the

Mr. Liu Xueliang, General Manager of BYD Asia-Pacific Auto Sales Group, said,
“Intelligent cars will be one of the most important directions for the
transportation industry in the future. The collaboration between BYD and I^2R,
Singapore’s largest ICM research institute, with its deep knowledge in
autonomous vehicle technologies, is going to be an exciting journey for us. We
believe that a new energy vehicle embedded with autonomous driving
technologies will provide drivers with a completely different driving

About I^2R

Singapore’s largest ICT research institute, I^2R (pronounced as i-squared-r)
is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
family. Established in 2002, our vision is to power a vibrant and strong
infocomm ecosystem in Singapore. I^2R focuses on conducting mission oriented
research to address key challenges faced locally. At I^2R, intelligence,
communications and media (ICM) form our 3 strategic thrusts. Our research
capabilities are in information technology, wireless and optical communication
networks, interactive and digital media, sensors, signal processing and
computing. We perform R&D in ICM technologies to develop holistic solutions
across the ICM value chain and we believe that the greatest impact is created
when research outcomes are translated into technologies our partners can
readily deploy at a competitive advantage. For more information about I^2R,
please visit

About A*STAR

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency
for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant
knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical
sciences and physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and six
consortia & centres, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their
immediate vicinity. A*STAR supports Singapore's key economic clusters by
providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in
industry. It also supports extramural research in the universities, and with
other local and international partners. For more information about A*STAR,
please visit

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies to havesuccessfully
expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission
to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders
inseveral High-techsectors
Transportation,Environmentally-FriendlyEnergy Storage,AffordableSolar
Power and Information Technologyand Original Design Manufacturing (ODM)

Asthe world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission
to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led
to the development of theBYDIron Phosphate (or "Fe") Battery.
Thisfire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has
become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into
automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities.
BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor
Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as
the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American
markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their
mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological
integrationandlocal job creation as they have poured incredibleinvestments
into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local
communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more
information, please or


Contacts in China:
Sherry Li
In US:
Micheal Austin
1(800) BYD-AUTO
In Europe:
Penny Peng
In Singapore:
Doris Yang
+65 6419 6525
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.