Gyeonggi-do announced on the 17th that the autonomous cooperative driving bus that it has been pushing for its introduction, has passed a screening for temporary driving permit after going through a driving test at the Korean Automobile Testing and Research Institute’s K-city self-driving car test site (Hwaseong) on the 9th.
Accordingly, if the autonomous cooperative driving bus of Gyeonggi-do obtains a temporary driver’s license for autonomous driving from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport at the end of this month, a test run will begin in June. During the test run, only the manager will be on board to inspect safety.
Based on the results of the test run, Gyeonggi-do plans to pick up passengers on the road in Pangyo Techno Valley in Seongnam City as early as September and operate them for the first time in South Korea along with conventional vehicles.
Autonomous cooperative driving buses are different from autonomous vehicles in that they receive traffic information such as signal information, pedestrian status at crosswalks, and traffic conditions from the control center.
Gyeonggi-do’s autonomous cooperative driving bus is a customized version of commercial low-floor electric bus manufactured by Edison Motors.
It is the same size as a regular bus (10.99m long, 2.49m wide, and 3.39m high), but has a small number of passengers (20 seats).
It is equipped with autonomous driving systems such as Radar and LiDAR, and information on transportation infrastructure is provided by Gyeonggi-do Autonomous Driving Center (Pangyo).
A round-trip bus runs between Pangyo 1st Techno Valley and 2nd Techno Valley which is a 7km long distance in compliance with the legal speed (0-50km/h). Nevertheless with the driver on board, normally does the bus automatically adjust the speed and steers the steering wheel according to the traffic without driver intervention.
When an object appears in front of you, the sensor recognizes the object and stops the bus. For safety, the automatic operation system will stop running if the driver intervenes by operating the accelerator pedal or brake pedal.
The provincial government will decide on the fare and the number of operations after the test-run.