KT tests self-driving 5G bus at Incheon International Airport

KT 5G bus
KT’s driverless bus passes the long-term parking lot at Terminal 1 of Incheon International Airport during a test run on November 11. Image credit: KT

KT Corp says it has successfully tested a self-driving bus at Incheon International Airport (IIA) showcasing its own 5G-based autonomous vehicle technology.

At IIA the driverless bus covered 2.2 kilometers at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour outside Terminal 1. The self-driving vehicle slowed down at traffic signals and changed lanes to avoid obstacles.

KT is developing its own commercial self-driving platform, called 5GaVP (“5G as a Vehicle Platform”). The technology was demonstrated during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in February this year.

KT says it has also developed GiGA Drive IVI, a smart voice-recognizing platform for connected cars. KT’s IVI platform provides information from directions to traffic conditions. Destinations can be set automatically by linking the vehicle with a mobile device. It includes an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which alerts the driver to danger and uses next-generation intelligent transport system technologies to visualize driving information.

Last month, KT signed an agreement with the Incheon International Airport Corporation to develop a new intelligent airport. The two companies plans to expand cooperation into the areas of 5G mobile networks, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and Internet of Things.

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