South Korea is making a big move into the self-driving car development space. Like, "building an entire mock-city dedicated for self-driving cars" big. The country's government will open K-City, an 88-acre urban complex constructed specifically to test autonomous vehicles, later this October, according to Business Korea. The test bed, which is designed to mimic real road conditions with bus lanes, expressways, and special zones for autonomous parking, will be the biggest self-driving car testing facility in the world when it's finished, eclipsing the University of Michigan's 32-acre MCity testing space by over 50 acres. K-City is meant to give South Korean companies a chance to fine-tune self-driving tech in realistic conditions without going through the lengthy permit process needed to take the cars out onto public streets.
The strict rules set by officials may have hindered the progress of self-driving cars in the US, but a country across the Pacific believes to have found a way around regulations. South Korea has announced it will open an 88 acre facility geared towards testing autonomous technologies, which will incorporate a range of scenarios and road environments found in the real-world. Called'K-City', the complex will allow self-driving cars to run the course without the need of a temporary operating permit that is required to test on public roads. South Korea announced it will open an 88 acre facility geared towards testing autonomous technologies. Called'K-City', the complex will allow self-driving cars to run the course without the need of a temporary operating permit that is required to test on public roads K-City will be the largest self-driving car facility when it opens in October.
In order to be at the forefront of the race for self-propelled vehicles, South Korea is building a huge test track: the K-City is as big as a small town, simulates the real traffic and is scheduled to go into operation in autumn. Not only the USA and Germany but also South Korea is working on the self-propelled car. The South Korean government is now taking a further step to advance the technology in their own country faster. In October, the K-City will be opened. It is a 360,000 square meter site near the city of Hwaseong, on a giant test track for autonomous vehicles, narrow streets, traffic lights, roundabouts, even more, traffic lights, parking lots, bus lanes and an expressway.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. The race is heating up to launch self-driving cars worldwide, and Asia is off with a jolt as some 10 million driverless cars are predicted to hit the roads by 2020. China has piloted a self-driving bus, while Tokyo is laying the foundation for driverless vehicles in time for the 2020 Olympic Games.