KT Corp obtained permission to test self-driving buses

KT Corporation gets permission to test self-driving buses on public roads. South Korea's second-largest wireless provider has set up a fleet for platoon formation after obtaining a permit by the government to hold an autonomous bus test on public roads for the first time in the country.

Tinuku KT Corp obtained permission to test self-driving buses

"The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has given permission to test dozens of autonomous sedans and SUVs, but this is the first time for them to give approval for self-driving buses on public roads," KT Corp said.

The Seoul-based company has developed autonomous cars and launched self-driving buses in an event in March. KT says the autonomous buses require more advanced technology than cars or SUVs because it does not allow electronic controls on grips, brakes or other long and heavy car parts.

The KT bus has the ability to go on its own and in a platoon formation equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and proper detection system using mobile communications network. KT is now testing the technology of driving an autonomous bus on the freeway and plans to conduct various tests in stages.

"Government permission allows us to test the autonomous buses in actual conditions. Many research partners, we plan to enhance the cooperation of developing self-driving technology," said KT.

South Korea is currently moving to commercialize a level 3 self-driving vehicle by 2020. The self-driving vehicle level 3 is able to fully control all critical safety functions under certain conditions, but it still requires the human driver to reclaim control.

Self-driving vehicle level 4 really moves on its own without the need for human presence. Among other self-driving car developers in South Korea are auto board manufacturers such as Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, other companies are Naver, SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics.