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Title : Completion of the world's first 5G-based self-driving car test city called 'K-City'
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South Korea has completed 'K-City' that tests performance of self-driving cars with world's first 5G network. It is a test bed that combines high-tech technologies in an environment similar to actual urban traffic. It is expected that it will contribute to strengthening R&D capabilities of South Korea's autonomous vehicles. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport held the opening ceremony of 'K-City' at the Korea Transportation Safety Authority's Automobile Safety Research Institute in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province on the 10th. About 400 people attended the ceremony, including Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kim Jeong-ryul, Minjoo Party floor leader Hong Young-pyo, National Assembly's Land and Transport Committee Chairman Park Soon-ja, and officials from companies and organizations that are developing technologies for self-driving cars such as Hyundai Motor Company, KT, SK Telecom, and Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute. In order to develop self-driving technology that can cope with various situations, repetitive and re-enactive tests should be carried out in an environment that is similar to actual situations. K-City is a test site that closely mirrors the urban transport environment. Advanced countries such as M-City in the U.S. and J-Town in Japan are also operating test-runs of self-driving cars. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport invested 1.25 billion won to build the K-City worth 320,000 square meters (110,000 pyeong) within the driving test site of the Korea Transportation Safety Authority. Most situations that can occur during self-driving can be tested. It recreated the conditions of highways, urban areas, suburban areas, parking lots, and communal living spaces. Freeway toll booths and ladders, downtown traffic, buildings, crosswalks, child protection zones, tunnels, street trees, parallel and vertical parking surfaces, etc. It is the first in the world to establish 5G network within a self-driving test site. Businesses or organizations can test 5G-based self-driving or infotainment technologies. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport plans to inject 31 billion won more by 2021, and create an environment that tests the performance of autonomous vehicles in bad weather conditions. On the same day, a self-driving public-private consultation group called 'Autonomous Cooperation and Development Conference' held an event to declare its vision. The association was established in March in order to converge various fields related to autonomous vehicles and create businesses. In less than a year, the number of스포츠토토사이트추천 participating companies has more than doubled to 188 member companies. According to Nabigant Research in the U.S., size of global markets for self-driving cars is expected to reach 210 trillion won by 2020 and 1,300 trillion won by 2035. South Korean businesses formed a consultative meeting to grab upper hands in markets and pushed for business meetings and technology exchanges between large and small businesses. To commercialize equipment such as C-ITS's telecommunication terminal and base station as soon as possible, it also held international joint performance tests and prepared relevant standards. Legislation is also underway in Korea to revitalize autonomous vehicles. Rep. Yoon Kwan-seok of the main opposition Minjoo Party proposed a bill to commercialize autonomous vehicles to ease regulations on autonomous vehicles. If the bill is passed, it will provide a basis for driving Level 3 cars as well as Level 4 to 5 cars on the streets. "We will establish a new transportation system with self-driving cars and reduce traffic accidents and congestion." said Minister Kim Hyun-mi of Homeland Security.
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