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. K-City offers the same scenarios as a real city.
The artificial city is to be used by South Korean motorists such as Kia and Hyundai as well as by technology companies such as Samsung, SK Telecom or Naver. Besides, insurance companies and urban developers can collect data on the XXL area.
The Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport announced the project last year, which was originally planned for December 2019. Apparently, it is now getting brighter: the site could already be finished in the spring of 2018.
However, K-City is not the only place where South Korean companies test their technologies for self-propelled cars. For example, the government granted Samsung permission to drive its autonomous experimental vehicles on public roads.
With these releases and the construction of K-City, the South Koreans want to achieve their high-level goal of rolling a large number of autonomous cars from stage 3 on public roads from 2020 onwards.
The K-City will be the world’s largest testing ground for self-propelled cars on completion, but the technology is already being tested elsewhere. At the University of Michigan, for example, there is the Mcity, a fake city where Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and other companies are researching the future of the car.
And the federal government also invests in autonomous driving: the federal government contributes 80 million euros for test tracks like on the A9 in Bavaria.