South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, KT Corp., this week tested a driverless bus at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport.
In a display intended to showcase the company’s autonomous vehicle technology, KT’s driverless bus travelled on a 2.2 kilometre route in front of Incheon’s Terminal 1, slowing down for traffic signals and changing lanes to avoid obstacles.
Last month, the Korean firm signed an agreement with the Incheon International Airport Corporation to develop a new intelligent airport based on information and communications technology. The two partners plan to cooperate in the areas of 5G mobile networks, artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things.
The telecoms company is also developing a commercial self-driving platform – 5GaVP (5G as a Vehicle Platform) – using its 5G technology.
In addition, KT has developed a smart in-vehicle infotainment platform for connected cars – GiGA Drive IVI – which uses voice-recognition technology to provide drivers and passengers with information such as directions and updates on traffic conditions.
The platform includes an advanced driver assistance system that alerts to the driver to dangers and provides visual driving information using intelligent transport system technologies.