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…
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.