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Taiwan Government to promote intelligent vehicles

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By 2010, the Cabinet of Taiwan will earmark NT$5 billion (US$152 million) to help the country develop an intelligent vehicle industry.

Wang Ting-an, the the Science and Technology Advisory Group's executive secretary, said the government plans to have Taiwan's first own-brand intelligent vehicle produced by 2008. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications would work together on special programmes to combine automobile-electronics industry and ICT industry, with the eventual aim of developing Taiwan's own intelligent transport systems. The government has plans to help the automotive industry manufacture intelligent vehicles, enhance added value of automotive parts and components, allow vehicle information services to grow, and create an intelligent mobile environment to ensure safety and convenience for motorists. The plan to produce intelligent vehicles will help of government officials, academics, experts and industry leaders, who will make use of the country's advantages in information-related industries.

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