South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, also speaking at the event, made the bold statement that South Korea will be the first country to put totally autonomous cars on the road and laid out a goal date of 2027, the Korea Times reported.
To support local automakers, Hyundai Motor included, the state government will pony up funds to the tune of $16 billion. Automaker and government investments will be prepared for no later than 2025, according to the reports. The massive investment is all part of a campaign to move ahead of the curve when it comes to not only future powertrains, such as battery-electric cars, but also autonomous technologies. President Moon added he wants the country to lead the world in these sectors come 2030, predicting that self-driving cars will make up half of new cars sold by this same date.
The campaign will see major action surrounding regulations and traffic rules for self-driving cars. The country will work to lay out regulations to standardize insurance and driver responsibilities by 2024, according to the president's announcement.
Even with investment on this scale, many automakers have discovered the industry faces a tough road ahead. In the US, General Motors pulled back plans to commercialize its self-driving car division this year. Ford has also scaled back expectations for autonomous cars in the near future.
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