Asian Technology Leader
The first time a country in Asia is being a pioneer in technological improvements and building a complete small city devoted to experimenting self-driving technology, while others are still trying to make F-35s crash by throwing their slippers.
As South Korea has some of the important car makers in the world like Hyundai, Kia, Ssangyong, Renault-Samsung motors and more, those manufacturers’ awareness of the future of the cars and their possible pressures on the government might have led to this innovation.
Its dedicated only to technology companies
Dubbed K-City, the site is being built on an 88-acre slab of land and will be used by local technology companies including Samsung, SK Telecom, and Naver as well as Hyundai and Kia, Korea Business Times reports.
According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport of South Korea, K-City will include expressways, zones for autonomous parking and bus-only lanes in an attempt to accurately mimic a real city. The site, set to be completed in 2018, will cost the government about 11 billion won ($9.7 million) to construct.
Last week, Samsung received approval to test autonomous cars on public roads in South Korea as the country looks to become a leader in the self-driving field.
In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation started construction of a 335-acre site in Southeast Michigan as a purpose-built facility for the testing, verification, and self-certification of connected and autonomous vehicles. When it opens, it will surpass South Korea’s K-City as the largest location of its kind.