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South Korea’s leading wireless carrier SK Telecom showcased a ride-sharing technology that brings a self-driving car to the customer upon demand via smartphone.
SK Telecom said Wednesday it has demonstrated a fleet of five driverless cars for ride-hailing service at a showcase event held on the day in Siheung, Gyeonggi Province.
Selected civilians were able to experience self-driving cars they called up via mobile phones to take them to their destinations.
SK Telecom explained that its artificial intelligence-backed cars can find the nearest customer and best route as well as avoiding obstacles by communicating with control centers and traffic lights.
Test cars were jointly developed by SK Telecom, Yonsei University and Seoul National University after upgrade of Hyundai Motor’s G80 and Ioniq and Kia Motors’ K5, Ray and Niro.
The company is now planning to focus on the 5G technology for better hailing, driving and parking of autonomous cars. A separate study also has been carried on to use the self-driving for public transportation.
“The 5G and AI technologies can help reduce accidents on roads and ease the traffic jam. We’ll keep up efforts to make self-driving safer and more convenient,” said an official at SK Telecom.
By Lee Sun-hee and Lee Ha-yeon
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