June 26, 2022

The South Korean government revealed a revised of guidelines on improving regulations for self-driving cars on Thursday. The move comes in order to boost their commercial adoption starting next year.

The latest development comes as the country in 2022 is expecting to see a fast adoption of autonomous driving for commercial vehicles beginning.

According to reports, the country will begin testing the regulations by launching Level 3 self-driving cars. These cars are made for provisional driving automation that requires human intervention.

While the government is expecting a wide adoption of Level 4 autonomous vehicles in the country latest by 2027. This level is capable of high automation with little need for human input.

The government’s road map –

• The government will take a phased approach under the road map by adding and upgrading regulations and laws related to communications, technology, and insurance in stages.
• Such an order has been set to meet the standards and structure associated with operating autonomous vehicles.
• Over the next two years, the government will allow self-driving software to be upgraded wirelessly outside of maintenance stores.
• It will also allow the advancement of the authentication process in order to enhance overall security systems.
• It will focus on devising a legal framework for Level 4 self-driving vehicles between 2024 and 2026 in terms of insurance policy and traffic systems, so as to provide clear standards for legal responsibilities.
• The land ministry in order to support autonomous driving in the passenger and freight sectors will also apply a grace period on regulations to the mobility sector.
• The government will announce a detailed set of action plans for regulation improvements in the first half of next year.

In other auto related news, the country has begun a trial run of hydrogen-powered heavy duty trucks in effort for a shift to eco-friendly vehicles in line with the carbon emission cut initiative.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport reported that Five 11-ton fuel cell trucks, will run on roads in the Seoul metropolitan area and the southern region for the next 12 months, including Hyundai Motor Co’s Xcient.