Autonomous car regs formulatedThe government announced a set of new regulatory reforms on autonomous driving Thursday, including measures to shift some responsibility from human drivers to driving systems.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon announced the regulatory reform plan for new industries during a policy meeting at the Sejong government complex.
The policies are designed to prepare the sector as it moves past the current stage of partial automation, in which a human driver monitors the environment, to the next stages of automation, in which some responsibility is transferred from the human driver to an automated system.
The government is planning to amend laws next year as current traffic regulations are based on the presumption of driving by a person.
The government expects the changes to take into account situations in which a system is driving and be able to determine who is in control.
The new guidelines for autonomous driving focus mainly on issues related to the driver, the vehicle, driving responsibility and infrastructure.
Under the roadmap, there are also plans for legal changes to tackle sensitive issues further down the road, such as collecting video data for autonomous driving without prior consent and creating a simplified driver’s license for autonomous vehicle drivers.
The government expects the reform plan to resolve uncertainties in the fast-growing autonomous driving industry and address complaints that regulations are far behind developments.
The new reform guidelines come as Korea tries to play catch up in autonomous driving.
In a study by Navigant Research, the Hyundai Motor Group ranked 15th out of 19 carmakers in automated driving technology.
The planning methodology for the development of autonomous driving guidelines will also be applied to regulatory roadmaps for other new industries, such as hydrogen and electric-powered vehicles and new energy sources.
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