The South Korean capital opened its first self-driving bus route on Friday, part of a test that engineers say aims to make people more comfortable with driverless vehicles on the road. Street.
The new vehicle doesn’t look like a regular bus and has rounded edges and large windows that make it look more like a toy than a technological breakthrough.
Jeong Seong-gyun, head of autonomous driving at 42dot, the startup responsible for the design, said the design was intentional. self-driving technology currently owned by automotive giant Hyundai.
“This is the future,” he told AFP, adding that the bus required “a significant new design”.
The bus, he said, looks a bit “Lego-like” and is made with composite parts to help keep costs down and easy to recreate.
Seong-gyun added that it uses cameras and lasers for navigation instead of expensive sensors.
The company’s goal is to make the technology low-cost, safe and easily transferable to a variety of vehicles in the future, such as delivery trucks.
Currently—with the close supervision of a safe driver—buses will drive themselves around a 3.4 km (2.1 mi) loop in downtown Seoul, taking about 20 minutes.
The public can board at two designated stops after making a free reservation through an app.
“I feel like I just jumped into a Time machine to visit the future,” said Kim Yi hae-ran, 68, after a 20-minute ride during Friday’s bus launch.
“I thought it might make me dizzy from the sudden acceleration but I didn’t feel anything.”
The ride felt “very smooth and safe”, which she said made her feel proud of the trip. Technological process Korean company made.
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