SK Telecom takes self-driving car out for a spin on Gyeongbu Expressway

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SK Telecom announced that its self-driving car has completed its first test run on the Gyeongbu Expressway, the most heavily travelled expressway in Korea.

The vehicle traveled approximately 26 kilometers  – from Seoul Service Area to Suwon-Shingal Interchange – at a peak speed of 80 km/h and an average speed of 50km/h. SK Telecom said the car’s software has been designed to not exceed that speed in accordance to the government regulation on test-driving of autonomous vehicles.

SK Telecom received a license from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport In July 2017 for testing its autonomous driving car on local roads. SK Telecom’s Vehicle Tech Lab has been working closely with diverse partners, including a Seoul National University team led by Professor Lee Kyeong-soo, Nvidia and LG Electronics, to develop self-driving technologies such as artificial intelligence computer, sensors, communication and route determination/tracing.

“Following today’s successful test-driving of our autonomous vehicle on an expressway, we will continue to test our self-driving cars on downtown roads, national highways and motorways,” said Park Jin-hyo, senior VP and head of SK Telecom’s Network R&D Center. “Furthermore, we will connect self-driving vehicles to our 5G trial networks to advance technologies that can significantly enhance driving safety via IoT and real-time communication with the control tower.”

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