World’s Largest Self-Driving Test Track
The world’s largest self-driving test track is scheduled to be built in South Korea. K-City is an 88 acre urban city which opened in October for use. Now the 32 acre city self-driving test space in Michigan, M-City is no longer the largest area. The testing site is designed to have bus lanes, expressways, parking spots and other real world conditions. South Korea is committed to building and testing a successful level 3 autonomous self-driving car by the year 2020. Both Hyundai and Kia, South Korean automakers and Samsung, the tech company will use K-City to test their prototype self-driving vehicles.
1)1977 a Japanese team, Tsukuba Mechanical Engineering Laboratory were the first to device a self-driving vehicle based on technology similar to today’s car with environmental sensors. This vehicle was capable of speeds up to 20 miles per hour.
2)In the 1980’s Mercedes Benz and a German aerospace engineer, Ernst Dicksmanns developed a self-driving car using cameras and sensors that told a computer what to do affecting the braking, steering and throttle. The prototype, the VAMORS was tested on the Autobahn in 1986. Ford plans to release its first self-driving car in 2021.
3)Next a European research organization, Eureka began its research into self-driving auto development. The developed two robot car prototypes, the VaMP and VITA-2. These vehicles reached speeds up to 130 KPH. Carnegie Melon Robotics also experimented with autonomous cars in the 80’s. The United States military staged a contest, the DARPA Grand Challenge to solicit competitors to enter their automated self-driving vehicles to conquer a 150 mile obstacle course. They hoped to have a self-driving vehicle to release by 2020.
4)In 2010 a team of Google employees got together and experimented with six Toyota Priuses and one Audi TT. The team’s leader was the director of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Sebastian Thrun. The developed an entry for the DARPA Challenge. By 2015 the cars had driven 1 million miles without an accident. Google Cars lobbied DC to get self-driving cars legal in Nevada, California, Michigan and Florida.
South Korea follows after many successful endeavors in the self-driving car industry. The government of South Korea is committing 11 billion to the testing sight, which will contribute greatly to the safety of the newly built expressway scheduled to be finished in 2018.