Samsung given the go-ahead

Samsung has been given the go-ahead to start testing its autonomous vehicles on the roads in South Korea.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport approved Samsung’s test plans, which according to the Korea Herald, will use a customised Hyundai car. Samsung has previously denied the company has any intention of making its own vehicles and stated that the tests will be carried out ‘for software and solution development for an autonomous car, nothing more.’

The tests will see the Hyundai vehicle fitted with laser and radar sensors, paired with Samsung’s artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning software. Samsung’s aim is to teach the AI how to drive better in a variety of conditions.

‘Driving is a complex task. Some things can be automated very easily, but a number are difficult to automate, like small manoeuvres,’ Dr Siraj Ahmed Shaikh from the Centre for Mobility and Transport (CMT) at Coventry University, told the BBC. By focusing on ‘the very fancy cutting edge deep mind technology,’ Dr Shaikh said, ‘it’s the very difficult decisions in terms of complex manoeuvres that [Samsung] are trying to overcome.’