Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Samsung Competes with Apple's Autonomous Car Production Experiment

After Apple recently tested its self driving car on public streets in the US, Samsung entered the race to make its first self driving car. The South Korean tech giant recently received approval to test the prototype of its self driving vehicle in the streets of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

According to sources, the government statement mentioned that Samsung had been allowed to test run its prototype on a Hyundai car fitted with cameras and sensors, on Monday.

Samsung is the first tech company to receive permission from the South Korea administration to test a self driving vehicle on the South Korean roads.

Apparently Samsung has actually been looking into the technology to produce autonomous driving as ealry as late 2015. In late 2016 it bought the American firm Harman which produces software and components for connected cars for $8 billion. In February Samsung is said to have invested in TetraVue, a tech firm developing 3D technology that is to enable autonomous vehicles to detect obstacles in front of them.

Driverless car technology is already a congested field with many tech companies like Apple and Google and the big players of the automobile industry like General Motors and Ford looking into it. Even Uber is said to have been interested in the project.

Apple Plans to Launch its First "SELF-DRIVING CAR"

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