The telco and and the university’s Automotive Control and Electronic Lab (ACE Lab) showcased an autonomous vehicle driving itself for 25 minutes across 8 kilometers, using 5G connectivity.
The Level 4 self-driving car — dubbed A1 — drove along congested roads, including two expressways and bridges, according to the reports.
This trial in Seoul was close to a level 4 system — which does not require human intervention in most situations, though a human driving option remains for difficult or preferable circumstances, according to LG Uplus.
A1′s artificial intelligence analyzed traffic information collected by cameras and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors installed on the car to make decisions on its own, such as adjusting the speed and changing lanes.
“5G-enabled autonomous vehicles can help alleviate traffic jams and prevent accidents,” Sunwoo Myoungho, ACE Lab’s director, was quoted as saying. “Our final goal is aimed at significantly reducing human errors and improving safety on roads.”
LG Uplus said the adoption of 5G technology allowed the self-driving vehicle to receive essential traffic information in real time, increasing traffic safety and reducing response time.
“5G network’s low latency is considered a key factor that improves the safety of autonomous vehicles,” said Lee Sang-min, senior vice president of LG Uplus’ Future and Converted Division. “The test drive was meaningful, allowing the autonomous vehicle to show its advanced capabilities in a challenging road environment.”
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