Samsung ‘s ambition to be a part of the self-driving car space is not recent, and today the company has hit a large milestone. The company’s home country, South Korea, has approved Samsung’s request to test self-driving cars on real roads, not just test tracks. According to an article in the Korea Herald, the company is not going to build the cars. Instead, the company is working only on developing sensors and computer parts that are backed up by its artificial intelligence and deep learning software.
The new car that will be hitting the road will be a Hyundai customized with Samsung gear, but little else is known about exactly what sort of technology Samsung will be providing. It sounds like the same situation to Apple’s own self-driving car that hit the road in Silicon Valley recently while Apple’s Lexus is using standard parts right now, it also likely contains some custom hardware of software on board. Both Apple and Samsung are likely angling to be providers or partners with auto-makers in the future, offering up their self-driving solutions.
The permit granted in South Korea is just the latest in a mass of self-driving activity in the country. Nearly 20 test permits have been granted by South Korea’s land ministry over the past year, with Hyundai being the first to get government approval.
While the company is keeping fairly quiet about what it’s doing in the self-driving space, the rapid pace of development and intense interest in projects like this mean we’ll likely hear what Samsung is working on in more detail before too long. Self-driving car technology is rapidly becoming a crowded space, so we’ll have to see what Samsung thinks it can offer to stand out in the pack.
Source: Korea Herald / EnGadget