Autonomous Tivoli XLV gains license to test on Korean expressways

South Korea isn’t wasting any time in keeping up with global counterparts in the race to get self-driving vehicles on the road.

SsangYong Motor Company will increase efforts to advance its automated vehicle technology after gaining a temporary license from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to road-test self-driving automobiles.

Starting this November, the Korean automaker will be testing a Tivoli XLV-based self-driving unit using a level 3 permit which will allow it on Korean expressways on a daily basis.

Testing on public roads will allow SsangYong to verify safety and technical reliability of the XLV autonomous vehicle that’s equipped with lane-keeping and changing, inter-vehicle distance and speed maintenance systems.

By design, the lane-changing technology monitors obstacles on the road during an overtaking or a lane-change maneuver. If an obstacle is detected, the driver is alerted and the vehicle will be prevented from switching lanes.

SsangYong has been working closely with Korea Automotive Technology Institute for the last three years to research and develop autonomous driving technology in hopes on reaching the government’s goal of ‘partly commercializing’ level 3 autonomous vehicles by 2020.

"Even though the autonomous vehicle that acquired approval for temporary driving is a compact SUV XLV, it is fully equipped with reliable autonomous driving as well as high-tech systems for safety," adding, "We will continue to develop next-generation environmental-friendly automotive technologies to secure future growth momentum and respond to the rapidly changing global automotive market," said Johng-sik Choi, CEO of SsangYong Motor Company.