K-City will be almost like a city, a compact area of 88 acres (360,000 square meters) that will have bus lanes, automatic parking lots, drive-through sites, tunnels, expressways and so on. And it will be built according to intelligent transportation principles elaborated by Transportation Safety Authority of South Korea. Thus, it will make it the best site to test various driverless vehicles by many companies that currently either have or don’t have the allowance to test their cars on the public roads. It was reported by Business Korea.
It will be two times bigger than currently existing site, MCity located in Ann Harbor, where the majority of tests take place before releasing the tested vehicles on the public roads in the US. But still, it will be several times less than the impressive 335-acre site, the upcoming American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Michigan (they built B-24 bombers during the World War II there) that was decided to construct. K-City opens in 2018, but the date of opening of American Center for Mobility is unknown, although it was started in 2016. It makes K-City the largest test polygon for at least several upcoming years.
K-City’s budget is approximately USD 9.7 million (11 billion Korean won) and is seems like Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport of South Korea will be its biggest sponsor (as a representative of the government). This site’s lanes will embrace cars from companies like Naver, SK Telecom, and, of course, Samsung – the #1 mobile phones provider that has already received the approval to test own cars on the public roads in Korea. In addition, Hyundai will also be running there. They have a new model, Ioniq, that is positioned as the car that everyone may actually own, in spite of the wide global expectation that electric self-driving cars will be mostly ride-sharing devices that will be in corporate or governmental possession. Hyundai tells, in Ioniq they will use the cheaper computing chips and other equipment in order to lower the cost of the vehicle that makes it a really interesting business model.
In K-city, there are some cons, despite many pros – some experts say there must be more professional engineers and data recording systems to share the collected data amongst as many users as necessary as it can be useful for many urban needs, in addition to the development of self-driving technology itself.