Samsung is the latest company to receive the green signal for testing its autonomous vehicles in South Korea. The South Korean government had approved Samsung s plans of venturing into the self-driving cars segment, though reports about the vehicle were sparse. The first vehicle test conducted by Samsung will be under a Hyundai car. Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to IndiaAlso Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
A couple of years back, Samsung announced its plans of foraying into the self-driving car space. However, unlike most giants focusing on the entire finished product, Samsung had then announced plans of working on individual components. The latest car will come equipped with the latest camera and sensors and looking at Samsung s foray into AI, there could be some level of AI integration into the vehicle as well. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
Rules in South Korea mandate one human driver be present in the autonomous car during its trial phase on public roads. The rules have been modified in recent time with self-driving cars initially requiring two humans present inside the car at all times during testing. Hyundai is the first South Korean company to receive the go ahead for testing. ALSO READ: Apple, Tesla call for changes to California s proposed self-driving car regulations
Meanwhile, in the US, California, which is the hub for self-driving cars is looking at easing its present norms. Apple, Tesla, Google, Uber and other manufacturers have written to Californian law making agencies and suggested various changes to the present rules. While Apple has requested multiple changes, right from more clarity in the language used to draft the norms to human intervention in times of failure, Tesla has requested for the green signal to test autonomous commercial vehicles. Though self-driving cars are closer to reality than ever before, the completely driverless model might not be permitted on roads and is still a futuristic concept.
Samsung s venture into the self-driving cars space is currently restricted to South Korea and it is unclear if the vehicle will be restricted to just a few Asian markets. Samsung has been tight-lipped about its self-driving car though with tests scheduled to begin soon, more details are expected to leak. There are very few states presently that allow for the testing of self-driving cars, with most of them situated in USA. Apart from California, Texas is known for relatively lenient laws when it comes to the testing of these vehicles on public roads. Michigan state recently passed a law permitting vehicles without any steering wheels or pedals (something which California still does not permit) and South Korea has followed suit.
System failure and minor traffic violations continue to be major concerns for self-driving car manufacturers though with improved technology, most barriers are slowly being overcome. Self-driving cars are expected to begin running on roads over the next five years, by 2020-2021.