Mando performs successful Level 4 self-driving on South Korean public roads

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South Korean automotive parts manufacturer Mando has announced that it has successfully tested Level 4 autonomous driving on one of the country’s most challenging sections of public road.

As part of its goal to commercialize autonomous driving by 2021, Mando researchers recently completed a 1.6-mile (2.7km) route at speeds of 25mph (40km/h) on the notoriously tricky public roads of Pangyo, where parked vehicles line the road and a large amount of sunlight is reflected off high-rise glass buildings.

The vehicle was able to perform a left and right turn, a lane change, as well as tackle straight and curved sections of road at Level 4 autonomy, which requires no human assistance.

Radar was located at the front and on corners of the car, which also had front and surround cameras and lidar on board. It also successfully demonstrated V2X technology capability by passing through a crossroad by receiving information such as road signs in advance from telecom companies using V2I communication technology.

“Mando has secured a perfect autonomous driving technology enabling safe driving even in congested downtown roads,” said managing director Gyu-Sik Park, head of Mando’s advanced development center.

“We are going to achieve an autonomous driving commercialization level by reinforcing AI technology by 2021 and by cooperating with domestic and overseas partners.”

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