Samsung Latest News: Self-Drving Cars Gets A Green Light For Testing

2 May 2017, 6:29 pm EDT By Keisuke Akio Mobile & Apps
The South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport recently approved Samsung to have its self-driving cars tested on Korean streets.  ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images )

The popular rivalry of Samsung and Apple in the world of technology has now taken a higher level. Not so long ago the latter announced its newest venture in autonomous cars and now, Samsung is also getting ready to enter the business of self-driving vehicles.

For many years, there have been a lot of big companies from Silicon Valley and automakers that have been dedicating their efforts to enhance the technology for autonomous driving but the involvement of two of the biggest electronics company in the world, which is Apple and Samsung, just happened recently. According to The Korea Herald, Samsung has earned its right to test self-driving cars on public roads.

The company received it recently from South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. It is said that the ministry is getting lenient regarding its regulations on self-driving cars in the country. This is for the purpose of not falling behind when it comes to this innovation, Daily Mail reported. In line with this, California has also done some amendments on its regulation.

The US state allowed vehicles without any steering wheel or pedals, which is also adapted by South Korea and Michigan as well passed this same law, according to Tech Crunch. The tech giant will be using a Hyundai car equipped with Samsung's cameras and sensors that would run the software for self-driving. It is known that Hyundai was the first company to receive an approval to test self-driving cars on South Korean roads. The Korea Herald requested a spokesperson from Samsung to comment on the company's new project but there was no response.

Two years ago, it was already announced by the Seoul-based company that a new team that would concentrate mainly for the technology of autonomous driving car is being created and it will focus more on components and not exactly to the manufacturing of the whole vehicle, The Verge reported. However, Samsung did not elaborate its future plan regarding the new division and this technology. As of the moment, it is still vague if electronics company such as Apple and Samsung will have dominance over the autonomous driving industry. To their advantage, they might use their overflowing pockets to emerge in this field.

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