S. Korea to allow sidewalk testing of self-driving robots
South Korea will allow businesses to test self-driving robots equipped with cameras on sidewalks.
Self-driving robots, considered automobiles under local rules, were banned from running alongside pedestrians and could not be equipped with cameras on privacy concerns.
The new robot testing rule is among a set of regulated projects approved by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, that lift excessive barriers and foster new growth engines.
The ministry expects the pilot-run program to help vitalize the robot-based logistics industry while contributing to setting self-driving robot laws in the future.
The other projects approved by the ministry include the hydrogen charging station for trains, which does not have guidelines on its establishment and operation.