UIJEONGBU, Nov. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – The Gyeonggi Provincial Government announced today it will host the Pangyo Autonomous Motor Show 2017, the world’s very first motor show dedicated to autonomous cars.
According to the government, the Pangyo Autonomous Motor Show (PAMS), which will be held from November 16 to 18 at Pangyo Zero City in Seongnam, will kick off with an opening ceremony with unmanned autonomous shuttles specifically created for the event, as well as a number of events related to self-driving technology including show-runs, international forums and an industrial exhibition.
During the motor show, applicants from different backgrounds ranging from inexperienced drivers to race car racers will participate in competition events against autonomous cars, under the concept of ‘autonomous cars versus humans’.
The competitions will see four regular cars driven by contestants and autonomous cars compete on a 600 to 700-meter-long course consisting of several obstacles and missions including observing a speed limit, U-turns, and avoiding falling objects.
At the industrial exhibition, which is scheduled to be held on the first floor of the venue, both South Korean and international autonomous vehicles and IT companies will take part to share and display the latest technology related to self-driving and GPS, as well as artificial intelligence and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication.
One Gyeonggi government official is hopeful the show will bring a positive impact to the region and serve as a stepping stone to its role in the future.
“We are trialing autonomous shuttles from the entrance of Pangyo Zero City to Pangyo Station. Through the event we hope to see Pangyo Zero City become the center of the autonomous car industry in the future,” the official said.
Pangyo Zero City, located in Seongnam, is Gyeonggi Province’s core environmental and industrial project, built as an urban high-tech industrial complex with the goal of minimizing regulations, environmental pollution, carbon emissions as well as accidents.
Currently, the Gyeonggi goverment is planning to build urban type testbeds where autonomous cars can be tested at Pangyo Zero City.
South Korea has accelerated initiatives to adopt cutting-edge technology in recent years, with the transport minister saying in September that the government would expedite plans to remove red tape for fast-changing technologies like drones and autonomous cars to foster innovation and develop related industries.
According to analysis by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, self-driving cars are project to gain popularity in the South Korean market by 2028.
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