Bulgarian technology has become world number one in autonomous car software

With almost ten years of severe testing of autonomous cars, Bulgaria cannot expect to have its roads for the next two decades. If autonomous cars are launched in the country now, the experiment will fail due to the lack of standard road infrastructure. This was stated by Iliya Levkov, president of the national branch of the Industrial Cluster Electric Vehicles organization, on the “Business Start” programme with host Roselina Petkova.
 
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“Autonomous cars are not just a bunch of iron and software – they require extremely high reliability of communication and information exchange over the Internet… Firstly, in Bulgaria we have to build roads, which are currently the subject of all criticism – there are motorways in such waves that you don’t know where you are going. The other thing is the data exchange infrastructure – the 5G network, for example, must have full coverage and communication capacity. If the autonomous car doesn’t have that, it can’t study the whole environment around it.”

Almost 50% of the software for autonomous cars is made in Bulgaria by companies such as Visteon, which has a development center here, Levkov said.

Autopilot software is self-learning software, which develops according to the specifics of the road situation – it relies heavily on road markings and signs, GPS, exchange of information with other autopilots, and the aim is not only to be able to react, but also to anticipate critical situations, Levkov said.

For autonomous cars to become a reality, major changes in legislation will be needed to address issues such as liability, he commented.

“That’s why cars that don’t have the corresponding approval are not allowed on the roads… They won’t be able to move everywhere like current cars – they will start in certain lanes, like the bus lane, where there is less opportunity for sudden changes in situation. This will develop step by step.”

 
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According to Levkov, sectors such as public transport should move in this direction, with as little human intervention as possible in the management of strictly regulated vehicles such as rail.

“Do we see a lot of it, like airports to the city center or a certain point. This should be developed, but in Bulgaria we are very late on the subject of public transport.”

The human factor will not be useless, however, Levkov says. Drivers can retrain and drive several vehicles from a remote center.

The war is having a negative impact on the automotive industry, especially as Ukraine is one of the main suppliers of rare earth metals. For now, China, South Korea and Taiwan are managing to absorb the deficit by producing at 300% load, but the price is rising.

“The prices of all metals have gone up by about 50% to 100%, in some places by 300%.”

There is an impact on electric car prices, as there is a delay of up to a year in car deliveries, Levkov said.

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Bulgarian technology has become world number one in autonomous car software

With almost ten years of severe testing of autonomous cars, Bulgaria cannot expect to have its roads for the next two decades. If autonomous cars are launched in the country now, the experiment will fail due to the lack of standard road infrastructure. This was stated by Iliya Levkov, president of the national branch of the Industrial Cluster Electric Vehicles organization, on the "Business Start" programme with host Roselina Petkova.
 
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"Autonomous cars are not just a bunch of iron and software - they require extremely high reliability of communication and information exchange over the Internet... Firstly, in Bulgaria we have to build roads, which are currently the subject of all criticism - there are motorways in such waves that you don't know where you are going. The other thing is the data exchange infrastructure - the 5G network, for example, must have full coverage and communication capacity. If the autonomous car doesn't have that, it can't study the whole environment around it." Almost 50% of the software for autonomous cars is made in Bulgaria by companies such as Visteon, which has a development center here, Levkov said. Autopilot software is self-learning software, which develops according to the specifics of the road situation - it relies heavily on road markings and signs, GPS, exchange of information with other autopilots, and the aim is not only to be able to react, but also to anticipate critical situations, Levkov said. For autonomous cars to become a reality, major changes in legislation will be needed to address issues such as liability, he commented. "That's why cars that don't have the corresponding approval are not allowed on the roads... They won't be able to move everywhere like current cars - they will start in certain lanes, like the bus lane, where there is less opportunity for sudden changes in situation. This will develop step by step."
 
Faire autre chose que conduire est une illusion pour de nombreuses annees encore
According to Levkov, sectors such as public transport should move in this direction, with as little human intervention as possible in the management of strictly regulated vehicles such as rail. "Do we see a lot of it, like airports to the city center or a certain point. This should be developed, but in Bulgaria we are very late on the subject of public transport." The human factor will not be useless, however, Levkov says. Drivers can retrain and drive several vehicles from a remote center. The war is having a negative impact on the automotive industry, especially as Ukraine is one of the main suppliers of rare earth metals. For now, China, South Korea and Taiwan are managing to absorb the deficit by producing at 300% load, but the price is rising. "The prices of all metals have gone up by about 50% to 100%, in some places by 300%." There is an impact on electric car prices, as there is a delay of up to a year in car deliveries, Levkov said.
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