Trevor Collett | May 3, 2017

Tech giant Samsung has been given the green light by authorities in South Korea to begin testing self-driving cars on public roads.

The Korea Herald reports Samsung’s ‘deep learning’ technology is the focus of the test, which uses sensors, cameras and artificial intelligence to operate the vehicle autonomously.

Samsung is particularly interested in its software’s ability to handle changing weather conditions.

The vehicle chosen to house the autonomous tech is an unspecified Hyundai - a company also granted permission by authorities to conduct tests of self-driving cars.

"Self-driving cars call for the collaboration of various cutting-edge technologies from the automobile, artificial intelligence and information communication sectors," Korea’s Land Ministry said.

The Ministry voiced its support for autonomous vehicles, saying it would continue to assist with the development of technology.

To that end, the department is looking to cut ‘red tape’, and has recently changed some regulations surrounding self-driven cars.

Previously, Korean authorities required two passengers in an autonomous car while testing, but this has now been reduced to one. Also, cars without pedals or a steering wheel will soon be legalised.

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