SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will come up with recall and examination standards for autonomous vehicles by 2020 so as to allow everyday operations of driverless cars, a government official said Tuesday.
At a global conference on autonomous vehicles held in Seoul, Kim Chae-gyu, director general of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Policy at the transport ministry, said the government plans to also formulate an insurance policy that can cover self-driving vehicles by that year.
For autonomous vehicles to become viable, there should be an ultra-precise electronic map system in place, along with a cooperative-intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) and a host of other related standards to cope with accidents, he said.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation has allowed 19 autonomous vehicles to run the streets in pilot projects after being created by companies and universities.
They include the country’s biggest auto parts maker Hyundai Mobis Co., mobile phone and computer chip giant Samsung Electronics Co., the country’s biggest portal service provider Naver and the Seoul National University.
Hyundai Mobis has been a leader in the automated car initiative. The key affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group plans to develop technologies for highway driving capable autonomous cars by the target year, with an aim to commercialize them in 2022.
The company said it aims to develop technologies that will allow lane changes and other autonomous driving functions to work without input by the human driver.