FPT Software is in discussions with the Governor of Victoria in Australia about the potential deployment of smart technologies and autonomous vehicles.
The Vietnam-based technology giant hosted Governor Linda Dessau at the provider’s campus amid interest in building out smart city capabilities through augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions.
“Victoria itself is very small physically, making up only three per cent of Australia’s mainland,” Governor Dessau said. “But we produce 27 per cent of food and fibre exports. So we always work on technology to keep ensuring that the small land area is so disproportionately productive.”
According to Governor Dessau, Victoria is undertaking research, development and testing of autonomous cars in a bid to attract technology businesses and highly-skilled workers.
“We cannot compete with Tesla, Toyota or Audi on autonomous cars running on the street,” added Hoang Nam Tien, chairman of FPT Software. “But we can compete with them on autonomous cars running around airports, resorts or golf courses.”
In Singapore for example, Nam Tien said FPT is one of 40 companies qualified to provide services to the government with “several public services” in the country integrated with FPT technologies.
During the visit, Governor Dessau also experienced AR and VR technologies while being briefed on FPT’s applications specific to autonomous driving from hands-on training to forest fire control.
FPT entered Australia in 2008 before expanding operations in early 2019 through the opening of an office in Melbourne.
The visit comes more than two months after FPT Software partnered with Airbus to support the set-up of the Skywise Customer Experience Centre at the manufacturer’s new regional hub in Singapore.
Terms of the deal will see the Vietnamese technology provider undertake the early development of applications and services for airlines in the region.
Skywise is an open data platform developed by Airbus targeting the aviation industry, with FPT the first technology company in Southeast Asia to participate in the development in December 2017.
FPT has delivered positive results more than a year after implementing the Skywise project - billed as the heart of Airbus’ digital transformation strategy - through the "collection, standardisation and integration" of data from more than 30 airlines in 15 countries worldwide.