Through a state-funded project, the southeastern port city of Ulsan will develop and demonstrate technology related to road infrastructure and traffic systems for self-driving shuttles that will be tested over roads stretching over 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) that cover urban areas and tourist hot spots. Ulsan said in a statement on October 20 that the project will begin this month and end in December 2022 after testing the efficacy of developed technologies. It would interlink with a real-time on-road information system called "Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS)" that provides traffic situations such as sudden bottlenecks and stray obstacles. The development of C-ITS will be led by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport as well as Korea Expressway Corporation, a state expressway operator. When C-ITS is installed, autonomous vehicles will communicate with each other and on-road facilities such as traffic lights, CCTV cameras to prevent accidents and improve the speed of traffic.
The first autonomous vehicles to hit US highways will not be Google or Apple cars, but self-driving trucks – and they will be riding roads in Florida by the end of the year. The self-driving construction vehicles, fitted with special rear-end crash barriers and lights, have been successfully demonstrated, driving using GPS waypoints and following a lead car, mimicking its path, braking and speed. The specialised crash trucks are fitted with large signs to warn road users of the presence of workers and are used to protect construction crews resurfacing roads, painting lines, inspecting bridges or installing traffic signals. Impact attenuators – or crash cushions – on the rear of the vehicles, which absorb impacts and protect workers, have been credited with saving lives. But the drivers of the trucks are inevitably placed in harm's way, "literally waiting to be struck," said Robert Roy, president of Royal Truck & Equipment, maker of the autonomous trucks.
Being scared of self-driving cars means that you're killing people, Elon Musk has warned. The Tesla founder and CEO has criticised people who write critical articles about self-driving vehicles, arguing that by putting people off using them they might be leading to deaths. Experts have said that once self-driving cars are used everywhere they could keep everyone far more safe, by preventing accidents and driving more safely. But people remain terrified about autonomous vehicles, as multiple surveys have showed. The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight.
Hyundai has formed a new partnership to develop autonomous driving software for auto makers to design their own fleet of robot taxis. The South Korean car marker has announced the $4 billion venture with Aptiv, which will design Level 4 and Level 5 production-ready self-driving systems intended for commercialization by 2022. The venture aims to further the firms' leadership position in the global autonomous driving ecosystem. Hyundai has formed a new partnership to develop a production-ready autonomous driving platform for robotaxis. The goal is to develop Level 4 and Level 5 production-ready self-driving systems intended for commercialization, which the duo said will be made available to robotaxi and fleet operators, as well as other auto makers, by 2022.