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South Korea to open biggest autonomous ‘test city’

K-City: such is the name of the world’s largest autonomous vehicle proving ground to be opened by the South Korean government in October. It will allow self-driving car developers to repeat their tests with various scenarios and road environments, Business Korean reports.

South Korean digital communication and electronics companies, such as SK Telecom, Naver and Samsung Electronics are expected to populate K-City together with automakers Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors to develop and refine technology and services.

K-City features bus-only lanes, expressways, autonomous parking zones, et cetera, in a 3,6 square kilometre area, which is to receive a 11 billion won ($10 million) investment. Experts point out that K-City is a major source of valuable big data, which should be shared and used for car insurance, urban planning and other goals.

Experts are also advising that not only the large companies but also technology start-ups should be allowed to enter the testing ground because self-driving car development requires an optimal combination of communications, software and mobility services, Business Korea concludes. 12/05/2017  |  Dieter Quartier

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