September 02, 2021 13:20
A self-driving shuttle service will be available to everyone in the northwestern Seoul suburb of Sangam-dong from next month.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to issue licenses to the operating companies soon. The service will take in four or five stops on a 10-km route. Users can hail it with their smartphones for a fee of W3,000-4,000 (US$1=W1,159).
But the law demands that a backup driver sits in the driver's seat at all times in case of emergencies.
Start-ups bidding for the service include 42dot, which was set up with a joint investment of W49 billion by Hyundai, affiliate Kia and other companies.
Jeong Seong-kyun at 42dot said, "When the car is moving, the movements of other vehicles or pedestrians within a 120 m radius are captured every 0.05 second."
The service will be expanded to traffic-heavy Gangnam next year.
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