According to KBS World Radio, South Korea has given the go ahead for self-driving vehicles to be tested on public roads. Hyundai’s luxury sedan, the Genesis, was granted the first operational license by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Monday.
Hyundai plan to start testing their self-driving Genesis on public roads later this month. The tests will be conducted on two sections of the highway and on four sections of regular roads, spanning a combined 320 kilometers. The Genesis has already completed 12 thousand autonomous kilometers.
“We have tested our self-driving vehicles several times before in controlled environments with no other cars on the road” a Hyundai Motor spokesman said. “With this new license, we will be able to test the vehicles in real traffic conditions on designated sections of expressways and regular roads. We will make every effort to become a global leader in this highly-promising segment.”
At least two people will need to be in the self-driving cars during testing, one in the drivers seat and one in the passenger. The cars will also need to have “self-driving car test drive” written on the body. The autonomous driving mode on the Genesis can be disabled by moving the steering wheel or hitting the brakes, this safety feature is coupled with a device that automatically detects any malfunctions in the car.
The South Korean government intend to ease regulations in the industry to make it more convenient and less costly to develop and test autonomous cars.
A ministry official said “We expect more self-driving vehicles will be seen on local roads. The government will allow the vehicles to run on any roads here as long as they don’t pose a threat to other drivers.”
We recently reported that self-driving lorries will be trialled on sections of the motorway in the UK. One by one countries seem to be embracing the self-driving car revolution, begging the question, where will be next?