A self-driving car developed by Samsung Electronics will be put on the road for the first time in the nation's electronics industry. The car is mounted with deep-learning technology that has been in use for "AlphaGo," the artificial intelligence program made famous by a Go match with world champion Lee Sedol. The AI looks for optimal routes and driving conditions through repeated experience.
Samsung plans to move into the automotive electronics market that's growing faster recently due to the development in self-driving vehicle technology. In addition, the company will take the leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by honing its capabilities in AI, the Internet-of-Things, and big data.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation said on May 1 that it has given approval to the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology to allow test driving of its driverless car. This is the 19th driverless car for which the ministry gave out a temporary permission. This is the eighth self-driving car for this year to date. Beginning with Hyundai Motor in March last year, organizations like Seoul National University, the Korea Transportation Safety Authority, and Naver have secured approvals.
The autonomous vehicle of Samsung Electronics is outfitted with a laser radar, cameras, and a variety of sensors on a Hyundai Grandeur. Unlike the radio wave-based radar, the laser radar can detect objects several hundreds meters ahead.
The AI developed by Samsung can find its way to the destination by accelerating, decelerating, and making turns, all based on data collected by its sensors. The AI is equipped with the deep-learning capability that allows it to learn and estimate road conditions and obstacles all by itself.