Seoul, KR is piloting AVs

Digital Media City, a decade-old new town built on the site of a former landfill in Seoul’s Sangam district, now hosts the city’s
first self-driving test bed. Partners include South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest mobile operator. It is an emerging technology hub, home to over 800 information technology, media, and entertainment companies employing more than 60,000 people.

The project, announced in September 2019, calls for a year-long test of a fleet of self-driving delivery vehicles, and is slated to begin in October. The four-wheeled flat-tray vehicles are produced by local startup Unmanned Solutions and can carry up to 200 kilograms of goods. The company is one of a pair of startups funded through Seoul’s $100 million [innovation incubator[(

City officials say the service will initially test the feasibility of last-mile commercial freight deliveries “shipping supplies from freight trucks near the main road to restaurants and shops in car-free zones inside the DMC area,” reports
the Korea Times. If these tests are successful, consumer food deliveries may follow.

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