Automated Electric Vehicle Level 4.5

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Gerpisa colloquium, Paris (2018)


At present economies are drastically changing, triggered by development in emerging markets and the accelerated rise of new technologies. Even in an automotive sector, these forces are giving rise to four disruptive technology-driven trends: diverse mobility, autonomous driving, electrification, and connectivity. An automated driving system is focused by automakers. The full automated driving system level 5 have been planned to complete in year 2030 or in the next 12 years, according to Autonomous Vehicle Bloomberg. Why this development takes time for more over 10 years? The purpose of this project is to complete the automated driving system level 4.5 by 2018.

The point of incomplete full automated driving system is the insurers cannot clearly ensure when an accident occurs while drive the automated car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US agrees about the looming problem, but says terminology is not going to fix it. The automakers must find ways of ensuring that drivers understand they must be alert and ready to take the wheel. Therefore, this project designed a new unique mobility setting with the automated driving system level 4.5.

Thus far, initial findings in automated driving system level 4.5 after consulting with Tokyo Marine Insurance Company. An insurer confirmed that this unique mobility can be ensured because this one will be used in a limited area. So a novelty design has been focused. A car comes with a transparent spherical design body with a concept “Touch the Nature” to connect human technology and nature together by automated vehicle using high-tech sensor system. This project corporates with 4 universities: Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Sofia University in Japan, University of Nottingham in England and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA. The project studied and researched in “Current Autonomous Vehicle Trend in 2017” with University of Nottingham for 3 months. For automated driving system, we cooperate with Chulalongkorn University; the top university in Thailand in engineering, to research and develop. The suspension system collaborated with Sophia University. For car safety, Massachusetts Institute of Technology to certify safety system. The first prototype was produced in Japan due to time constraints and materials that cannot be produced in Thailand.

Firstly, this project set a market target on aging society, arguably a larger growing group of people all over the world. So “Innovation for the Elderly” is both urgent and important to many countries. This car also can meet the needs of people who difficulty access nature due to physical conditions; for example, people who use wheelchair or allergic to insects or atmosphere, to relax and to be close to the nature. Besides a high-tech design, the car also provides safety and privacy with eco-friendly materials. From this car concept, this project can accomplish using automated driving system level 4.5 by 2018.

This car is designed for driving in National Park which is a limited area. The project will start test drive in National Park for 42 kilometers at Krabi in Thailand and Ose National Park in Japan. From market test, our product can meet the need of customers because of first impression with product design and feel safe while sitting and fully enjoy the view.

From this project, it will enhance Thailand economy by increasing a number of tourists to a large and distant tourist places. After the first target success, we plan to expand this project to Brazil and other country around the world.

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