Samsung has finally got the nod from the Korea Land Ministry to test out its self-driving cars on public roads. Previously, consumer electronics firm had been developing and testing these cars on its recently modified race track in South Korea.
The approval from the Korean ministry will help Samsung improve its high-tech sensors and artificial intelligence aided computer modules. Needless to say that testing these cars on a public road would be really challenging, as it brings with it a ton of uncertainties. Recently, Uber’s self-driving car met an accident on a public road in Arizona. The ride-hailing service has suspended its car testing program ever since. That aside, Google’s own self-driving car has been involved in a similar accident late last year. So, it would be interesting to see how Samsung plans to deal with these on road challenges.
With increasing number of firms joining the self driving car bandwagon, it was quite obvious to see Samsung working closely towards developing this tech. Apple too has been testing out its own self-driving fleet since the last couple of years. Incidentally, just like Apple, Samsung too isn’t really interested in building cars of its own. Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung had previously made the company’s intentions clear. Instead of manufacturing cars, Samsung is interested in developing the hardware behind these cars. These include the various high-tech sensors and the cameras that lie at the heart of every self-driving car. The Korean electronics giant apparently aims to become a component provider to major car manufacturers, when these self-driving cars finally begin to roll out to public.
The Korean Land Ministry has issued around 20 approvals for test run of these self-driving vehicles even since February last year. Leading car maker Hyundai was in fact, the first company to get nod from the ministry. Interestingly enough, Samsung is testing out it’s artificial intelligence and deep learning based technologies on a modified Hyundai car.
Self-driving technology is still in its nascent stages. Although, a large number of firms starting from Google to Samsung are heavily investing in developing this technology, there’s still a long way to go. It’s not just about developing and fine tuning the sensors itself, internet plays a big role in the existence of these cars. Needless to say, that penetration of internet is still an issue in developing countries like India, Indonesia etc.