SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 18, 2019 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will sign a memorandum of understanding for future transportation technology (including autonomous driving) development and test support with 25 enterprises, universities and research institutions at Seoul City Hall at 2pm on September 18, 2019.
< List of Enterprises, Universities and Research Institutions under the Memorandum of Understanding >
|1||* SWM||Enterprise||14||LG U Plus||Enterprise|
|2||Penta Security||15||* Hyundai Mobis|
|3||* Naver Labs||16||* MDE|
|5||Wayties||18||Smart Mobility Lab|
|6||* SpringCloud||19||* Kookmin University||Univ.|
|7||* SK Telecom||20||* Yonsei University|
|8||InfoBank||21||* Seoul National University|
|9||* KT||22||* Korea National University of Transportation|
|10||* Samsung Electronics||23||* Hanyang University|
|11||* Unmanned Solution||24||* KAIST|
|12||* ThorDrive||25||* Electronics and Telecommunications Research||Research Institution|
|13||* LG Electronics|
* indicates an enterprise/university/research institution that has self-driving cars with a temporary driving permit. (19 in total)
The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to provide support to these enterprises, universities and research institutions by opening up the world’s only 5G conversion autonomous driving test bed in Sangam-dong for 24/7. As such, they can freely refine future transportation technologies and have field tests. This will be an opportunity for developers of V2X connected car, 5G key equipment, platforms and car security to build up the biggest collaborative network for self-driving in Korea.
The autonomous driving test bed which will be open to the private sector this time is equipped with all necessary facilities including C-ITS infrastructure, 5G and V2X car device, precise road map, control center and platform, office and research spaces, parking lots and charging stations for battery electric vehicles. The city government provides an “incubator support” so that Korean start-ups of automated driving which are still at the early stage can use all the equipment, control centers and convenience facility for free for 24/7.
According to the Autonomous Driving Car Act” that will take effect in May next year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to make an application so that the automated driving test bed in Sangam-dong can become a “Test Operation Zone of Automated Driving.”
Seoul will not only utilize various special provisions in order to develop the Sangam area into a specialized self-driving mobility zone where automated driving shuttle buses and car sharing service are introduced for passenger transportation, but also seek for innovation in various regulations to make Seoul into a “global hub of autonomous driving.”