SEOUL -- South Korea's mobile carrier LG UPlus joined hands with a state industrial technology institute to develop and upgrade autonomous driving technology for slow-speed special-purpose vehicles at a regulation-free zone located near the southern city of Gwangju.
Small special purpose vehicles are designed for specific public tasks such as street cleaning, removing garbage from sidewalks, and collecting traffic data. While it is compulsory for autonomous vehicles to have a driver in cases of emergency, low-speed autonomous vehicles that travel at a speed of lower than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) per hour are not regulated.
LG Uplus (LGU+) said in a statement on December 9 that the company signed a cooperation agreement with the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) and 15 autonomous technology startups nested in the regulation-free zone for special-purpose vehicles to develop 5G-connected self-driving technology for slow-moving worker robots.
"We hope that this cooperation help special-purpose vehicle startups boost their competitiveness," LGU+'s business director Lim Bang-hyun was quoted as saying. He said that the agreement would become an opportunity for LGU+ to upgrade technologies including 5G and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) that uses mobile networks to connect vehicles to traffic lights and moving vehicles.
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