The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and IT Engineering, a Korean electric vehicle (EV) producer, have jointly developed software for calling and moving a self-driving EV with a voice recognition application on a smartphone.
The newly developed technology enables a self-driving EV to automatically produce and update a precise map that helps it apprehend the environment surrounding the road. The map has an error range of less than 10 cm.
The power consumption of the artificial intelligence software does not exceed 100 W so that self-driving can be realized even by a small EV with insufficient electric power. The vehicle comes to a user when a departure point and a destination are entered and the vehicle is called with the voice recognition application.
In August last year, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport gave a temporary permission for testing of the software. Recently, the ETRI demonstrated the calling and driving by using a vehicle equipped with two camera sensors and one lidar sensor. The car used only one small computer and one general computer when it comes to recognition, determination and control software driving.
The ETRI is currently improving the software’s algorithms in order to achieve a higher level of self-driving by applying deep learning. The institute is planning to share big data related to its research process, such as real-time traffic information and road characteristics, with autonomous driving researchers and developers.