South Korea open up test “town” for self driving cars

South Korea open up test “town” for self driving cars
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South Korea is building a case for itself as a global leader in autonomous vehicle advancements, a space traditionally dominated by the US.
Today, the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the opening of K-City, a 79-acre (320,000-square meter) town built to test self-driving cars in real road environments. Only its highways have been completed so far, but once finished K-City, which has cost the South Korean government 11 billion won ($9.77 million) to build, will also simulate downtown areas, city outskirts, and communal environments. It will present 35 different driving conditions, including toll gates, pedestrian- and train-track crossings, and even potholes and construction sites.
When it announced plans for K-City in May, South Korea claimed it would be the world’s largest site for autonomous vehicle testing, at 88-acres (360,000 square meters). Since then, Alphabet’s self-driving car project Waymo has revealed its own 91-acre fake town, named Castle and located in Attwater, California, two hours east of San Jose. K-City and Castle join a growing village of faux communities built to test self-driving cars: The University of Michigan’s 32-acre MCity opened in 2015, and Uber’s 42-acre Almono in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, opened this year.

South Korea is building a case for itself as a global leader in autonomous vehicle advancements, a space traditionally dominated by the US.
Today, the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the opening of K-City, a 79-acre (320,000-square meter) town built to test self-driving cars in real road environments. Only its highways have been completed so far, but once finished K-City, which has cost the South Korean government 11 billion won ($9.77 million) to build, will also simulate downtown areas, city outskirts, and communal environments. It will present 35 different driving conditions, including toll gates, pedestrian- and train-track crossings, and even potholes and construction sites.
When it announced plans for K-City in May, South Korea claimed it would be the world’s largest site for autonomous vehicle testing, at 88-acres (360,000 square meters). Since then, Alphabet’s self-driving car project Waymo has revealed its own 91-acre fake town, named Castle and located in Attwater, California, two hours east of San Jose. K-City and Castle join a growing village of faux communities built to test self-driving cars: The University of Michigan’s 32-acre MCity opened in 2015, and Uber’s 42-acre Almono in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, opened this year.

Karen Hao, qz.com

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