BMW Korea and Gyeonggi will work on self-driving carsBMW Korea signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gyeonggi provincial government on Wednesday to open a research center for self-driving vehicles inside Pangyo Zero City.
Pangyo Zero City is an industrial complex still under development that will focus on new technology and start-ups. In May, it was selected as a test-bed for autonomous vehicles by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
BMW Korea will operate a research center for self-driving cars inside the complex and conduct experiments in line with the Gyeonggi government’s drive to make the complex a domestic leader in autonomous cars.
The provincial government has been pushing plans to establish infrastructure for autonomous vehicles, such as sensors that read traffic signals and charging facilities for electric and hydrogen cars.
BMW Korea and the government will work together under the initiative to produce a completely automotive vehicle by 2021.
“Self-driving cars will free us from using hands, feet, eyes and brain while driving,” said Martin Woehrle, head of BMW Korea’s R&D department. “The age of complete automotive vehicles is not far.”
At the same time on Wednesday, the Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy and Innovation held the Bigdata Initiative of Gyeonggi Forum, with automobiles and smart cities as the theme.