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  • Seoul Hosts the World’s First Run of the 5G Self-driving Car in Sangam

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    The 5G Self-driving Car that is constructed entirely of Korean technology will be revealed for the first time in the world at Sangam, Seoul in June 2019. The genuine Connected Car (V2X, vehicle-to-everything) that connects the vehicle to everything in its surroundings through a high-speed, 5G communications network will race through Seoul’s public roads.

    Seoul will open the “Sangam Self-driving Festival” with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on June 22, 2019 in Sangam where the world’s first “5G self-driving testbed” is being constructed.

    It is worth noting that the world’s first 5G-V2X self-driving collaboration technology will be debuted on public roads. In addition to Korea’s successful commercialization of the world’s first 5G technology on April 3, 2019, the launch will introduce various technologies that fuse self-driving with future transportation.

    This is the first time that the genuine Connected Car technology that connects vehicle-to-everything with cars through 5G will be made public. Unlike the technologically limited connection of vehicles to vehicles (V2V) and vehicles to infrastructures (V2I), the 5G and V2X technology that will be realized by Seoul and Samsung Electronics for the first time will connect ▴vehicles to people (V2P) and ▴vehicles to bicycles (V2B), both of which are essential for the commercialization of Connected Car.

    On this day, the public can ride along on self-driving buses and passenger cars. Seven vehicles (four buses, three passenger cars) will run through World Cup Buk-ro (approx. 1.1 km) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and rides will be free with reservations made in advance. Reservations for the self-driving car rides will be available on the Seoul website (http://seoul.go.kr) and TOPIS website (http://topis.seoul.go.kr/) starting June 3 on a first come, first served basis.

    Seoul will officially open the Sangam Self-driving Testbed in mid-July 2019, open the Self-driving Center to private businesses, and begin trial operations for the 5G self-driving bus.