○ KT to test 5G-connetcted cooperative autonomous electric buses in suburban smart city
South Korea's major telecom company KT will test two 5G-connected cooperative self-driving electric buses in a smart city complex to develop a service model, with technologies the company has accumulated for years in building an autonomous driving infrastructure. If the first service model is successful, KT will apply it to other sites.
While self-driving technology allows a vehicle to navigate autonomously to its destination, cooperative autonomous vehicles use vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology to interact with each other and on-road structures such as traffic lights and pedestrian monitoring devices. An environment installed with cooperative autonomous driving infrastructure is capable of reducing the number of accidents and traffic jams.
KT said in a statement on March 30 that the company would test two cooperative autonomous electric buses at a testbed in Pangyo south of Seoul, known as the South Korean counterpart of Silicon Valley. It will be the first smart electric bus to be tested in South Korea. KT's goal is to launch a commercial service even in a limited environment.
*Source : Aju Business Daily(03/30/21)
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