The MOLIT to revise its regulations on test-driving of autonomous vehicles to allow test-driving of autonomous vehicles in the entire country.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) announced that it is planning to revise regulations on the test-driving of autonomous vehicles by the end of this year. The Ministry has issued a Public Notice of the revised version of ‘The Enforcement Rule of the Motor Vehicle Management Act’, which allows test-driving of autonomous vehicles in the entire country including urban areas, under certain conditions.
Under the current regulations, road-testing of autonomous vehicles is allowed only on routes designated by the MOLIT. So far, a total of 375km has been designated as routes for test-driving, which includes 1 expressway, 5 national highways and 2 urban areas. 8 autonomous vehicles from 5 entities have acquired temporary permit from the MOLIT for the test drive and now operate on these routes.
There have been increasing demands from the private sector for wider and more diverse testing environments for autonomous vehicle technologies. To satisfy these demands and to secure safety at the same time, the MOLIT has conducted a study to identify specific areas or conditions with higher risks when test-driving. After several consultations with experts, the Ministry decided to open up the entire public road systems except enhanced safety zones for the vulnerable (children, elderly, disabled).
“This revision aims to allow researchers and manufactures in the private sector to test-drive autonomous vehicles in more diverse environment. I hope that it stimulate further innovation in this sector” said the Vice Minister Jeongho Choi.