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Speaking Self-driving Car? Interview with the Zero Shuttle

Zero shuttle is an next generation autonomous bus. In Pangyo Techno Valley, Gyeonggi, Korea the prototype of the autonomous vehicle is being operated.


The Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, focused on autonomous driving technology research for the public sector, has taken a step further. In 2018, the Zero Shuttle became Korea’s first unmanned autonomous vehicle.

Zero Shuttle operating in the Pangyo Techono Valley
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What is Zero Shuttle?

The name “Zero Shuttle” was chosen to reflect the goal of creating a city in which regulations, accident risks, missing children, environmental pollution, and carbon emissions are eliminated (reduced to “zero). The Zero Shuttle runs from Pangyo Zero City to Pangyo Station – without a driver.

With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, eco-friendly electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies are becoming a reality. The Zero Shuttle is undergoing daily development and advancement thanks to the researchers at the Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center.

How does Zero Shuttle work?

The Zero Shuttle works differently from normal cars – it doesn’t have a steering wheel, an accelerator or brake pedal like a typical car has. Instead, traffic signal, GPS and driving safety information is transmitted wirelessly to and from an integrated control center. This technology is referred to as Vehicle Communication Technology (V2X) and is essential for safe autonomous driving. Not only that, the Zero Shuttle is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors, such as LiDAR, 2D LiDAR, and cameras with multiple channels to recognize people, objects, and lanes. It reads not only traffic information, but also the situation around it.

As the Zero Shuttle runs on the road, it is able to learn through the data obtained through day-to-day operation. From March 2018, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport granted temporary service permission to the Zero Shuttle, and a traffic signal system was also augmented by replacing 12 signal controllers in various intersections along the route.
Features of Zero Shuttle
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Any future plans?

Safety is also a top priority for the Zero Shuttle so experimentation on real roads will continue as well as preparations to address any problems that may arise in future. Added functions for safety and speed will also be added. The system may not be fully developed yet, but efforts are being made for public convenience. As one of Korea’s core technologies, the Zero Shuttle will be continuously developed and may one day transform the world of transportation.

CES 2020 Showcase

During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2020, more than 180,000 participants and a total of 4,400 companies participated in showcasing advanced technologies and products. The main topics covered at CES 2020 included 5G, IoT, blockchain, AI, automobility, robotics, AR/VR, healthcare and food technologies. 
Crowed exhibition hall of CES2020
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Gyeonggi-do and the Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology participated in this event. They also joined in the launching of the Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center in June 2019 so as to create an industrial ecosystem in the field of autonomous, and were able to showcase the Zero Shuttle there.  

The Zero Shuttle has attracted a lot of attention from many leading companies of the world, receiving invitations to conferences from associations and companies in various countries. In addition, the Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center has also attracted the attention of many overseas visitors by introducing a single-passenger electric mobility “Zero PM” that can move between indoors and outdoors via autonomous driving as a follow-up model of the Zero Shuttle.
 single-passenger electric mobility Zero PM 
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There were also 8 other companies that exhibited at the Eureka Part and General Hall of CES 2020 along with the Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology.

-          Autonomous driving simulation software (Morai)
-          Autonomous driving precision map and spatial information software (MobilTech)
-          Deep learning-based driving situation recognition model (AMO)
-          V2X Vehicle and Base Station System (Watiz)
-          Autonomous driving sensors (BitSensing)
-          Zero Mobility and Zero Shuttle (Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center)
-          Autonomous driving LiDAR sensor (SOS Lab)

-          LiDAR software solutions (Seoul Robotics)

After the event ended, there were also review events held to allow further discussions of happenings during CES 2020. In Korea, these review conferences were held in various regions for the purpose of revisiting key technology trends covered at CES 2020.
Of particular note, the CES 2020 Review Conference in Seongnam was held at the Seongnam Keen Tower Wars Auditorium. Seongnam City Ventures, start-ups, SMEs, and approximately 370 experts gathered to discuss and review interest in Korea during CES 2020.

Lee Jin-sik, CEO of Mobilio, a company specializing in the maintenance of smart factory facilities, shared that he was “impressed that everything was being robotized”. He noted, “There were people wearing robot-like attire like Iron Man, and vehicles could recognize people and objects through numerous sensors. Through sensor recognition, precise measurements were made possible.” 

In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, robots serve a primary role. “Each machine is intelligent and robotized based on AI to communicate with each other,” said Lee. “The smart factory also transmits information through data such as temperature, humidity and dust in real time and they learn through artificial intelligence.

The power to read trends is extremely important. Different countries around the world are preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but if they do not follow each other’s trends and interact with each other, development will be hindered. In that sense, the meaning of the annual CES is amplified in this – the prospect that the future of IT in Korea will be bright, seeing people gathered at review conferences to further discuss and learn in order not to miss global trends.

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