South Korea’s push for driverless vehicles brings large autonomous bus trials to the streets

KT’s 45-seat self-driving bus is experiencing test-drives on public roads in Seoul after their application was approved by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport…

KT's autonomous bus


South Korean telecom giant KT Corporation has gained government approval to test-drive a 45-seat autonomous bus on public roads.

The bus can freely access both highways and city roads in Seoul, and has already successfully completed a four hour test-drive on two major thoroughfares, Gangnam Boulevard and Teheran Road.

The 12m long, 2.5m wide bus incorporates 5G and LTE-based vehicle to everything (V2X) technology that supports the vehicle’s self-driving capabilities. This refers to the passing of information from a vehicle to any entity that may affect it; improving safety and mobility.

Alongside the usual application of sensors and cameras, V2X enhances driving safety by accessing the KT wireless network which supplies high-precision location data. The network also provides the bus with advanced capabilities to detect obstacles in blind spots, calculate distances between stoplights and complete real-time decision-making.

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