The city of Seoul has established the world’s first Self-Driving Car Test Bed Running on a 5G Network, in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, as part of the C-ITS demonstration project being pursued together with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The city will open the Seoul Future Mobility Center, the control center for autonomous driving, on June 22, 2019.
The Self-Driving Test Bed in Sangam-dong is equipped with facilities, including the C-ITS infrastructure that supports the autonomous urban driving*, a precise road map platform, an electronic vehicle charging station, and more. It is a space that demonstrates various future mobility, including Korea’s advanced 5G convergence autonomous driving, and will be open to the public, free of charge, 24/7.
* The existing autonomous driving test bed in Korea is in K-City in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, where a real road environment is reproduced in an enclosed space to test the autonomous driving and certify vehicles.
In celebration of this occasion, Seoul will host the Sangam Self-Driving Festival, together with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Science and ICT.
Celebrating the 110th anniversary of using automobiles and telephones in Korea, the festival will become a historic event in which the autonomous, 5G-connected car, representing the future mobility and the first-ever commercialization of 5G technology, drives on roads of Sangam in downtown Seoul.
Citizens who visit the event venue can ride the autonomous vehicles and appease any curiosity surrounding the future of transportation by attending various exhibits about the principles of autonomous cars.
With the theme, “The Future of Transportation Connected to 5G,” Sangam Self-Driving Festival offers the nation’s largest experience of future transportation, with the participation of 17 institutions, including the companies related to the autonomous driving such as SK Telecom, KT, Samsung, LG, Unmanned Solution, Yonsei University and Kookmin University.
A total of seven self-driving buses (4) and cars (3) will take passengers on a journey along the 1.1-km section of World Cup buk-ro while presenting to citizens a variety of autonomous driving technologies, such as 5G-based signal recognition and avoidance of broken-down cars.
The festival will also be the venue for displaying various technologies, including the remote control of 5G autonomous vehicles, UAV’s, and electronic cars, offering visitors a glimpse into the life-changing, future mobility technologies.
In order to host a safe event, Seoul will block six out of eight lanes from Digital Media City Sageori, World Cup buk-ro to World Cup Park 6 Sageori on June 22 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. A few (one or two) lanes between World Cup Park 2 Sageori → World Cup Park 4 Sageori → Digital Media City Sageori will also be blocked from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
□ Festival Overview
○ Title: Sangam Self-Driving Festival (Theme: The Future of Transportation Connected to 5G)
○ Date: June 21-22
– (Forum) June 21 (Fri.), 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (Multipurpose Hall, B1, S-Plex Center)
– (Main Event) June 22 (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sangam World Cup buk-ro, in front of Sangam Cultural Square, etc.)
□ Program Summary
|Title||Date & Time||Venue||Notes|
|Seoul Autonomous Driving Forum
(Presentation and Discussion between experts, etc)
|June 21 (Fri.), 2 p.m.-5 p.m||Synergium, B1, S-Plex Center, Sangam-dong||On-site registration|
|Opening of Future Mobility Center (demonstration of autonomous driving control)||June 22 (Sat.), 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.||Smartium, 1F, S-Plex Center, Sangam-dong|
|Official Ceremony||June 22 (Sat.) 10 a.m.-10:25 am||Sidewalk in front of Sangam Cultural Square||Open to everyone|
|Technology Exhibition and VR Experience
(self-driving cars exhibition, etc.)
|June 22 (Sat.) 10:25 a.m.-5 p.m.||Sidewalk in front of Sangam Cultural Square||Open to everyone|
|Demonstration of 5G-Connected Car||June 22 (Sat.) 10:35 a.m.-11:00 a.m.||World Cup buk-ro, Sangam-dong(circa 1.1km)|
|Riding 5G Self-Driving Vehicles (7)||June 22 (Sat.) 1 p.m.-5 p.m.||World Cup buk-ro, Sangam-dong(circa 1.1km)||Available after on-site registration|