Renault Samsung Motors Corp. recently stated that they have received temporary approval from South Korea’s transportation ministry to begin testing their autonomous vehicles on roads within the country.
The permission allows the South Korean unit of French carmaker Renault S.A. to test its autonomous vehicles under development on designated expressways and test sites.
Currently, Renault Samsung is working on a traffic jam assist system that can be used to drive cars on crowded roads at low speeds. With its newly granted permit, the carmaker plans to test this feature with a self-driving car equipped with side radar, cameras and sensors on crowded streets at speeds below 50 km.
“This permit will boost Renault Samsung’s development of autonomous driving technology on a reasonable and practical basis and would serve to help the early commercialization of the technology,” said Kwon Sang-soon, a company official.
The car maker has participated in a project led by the governments of South Korea and France to develop autonomous cars since 2016. The project is joined by Hanyang University, LG Electronics, Controlworks, Katech and Valeo Automotive Korea.
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