South Korea's largest portal service Naver secured obligatory state approval Monday to conduct the road test of its self-driving car for the first time as a domestic information and technology firm.
The green light went to the portal's research and development subsidiary, Naver Labs, which has used a speech recognition artificial intelligence system to run an autonomous car, the transport ministry said in a statement.
Naver has developed a level 3 self-driving vehicle which is capable of driving around by itself but requires human intervention in an emergency, based on the standards of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In an effort to boost South Korea's self-driving car industry, the ministry promised to open the road for the high-speed test of autonomous cars this year. The experimental expressway is under construction at the K-city, a smart city in Hwaseong south of Seoul, as South Korea aims to commercialize level 3 self-driving cars by 2020.
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