Self-Driving Shuttle to Hit Roads in Seoul Suburb

      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.

      A passenger looks at the driving route on a trial run of a self-driving shuttle in Seoul on Aug. 3.

      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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