Samsung just got approved to test its self-driving cars in South Korea

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It turns out that Apple isn’t the only smartphone company dabbling in the trendy field of self-driving cars. According to The Korea Herald, Samsung was just recently approved by the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport to test autonomous cars on public roads.

Little is known about Samsung’s self-driving cars, except that it’s using a “commercialized Hyundai vehicle equipped with the latest cameras and sensors,” according to the Herald. A spokesperson for the Seoul-based electronics company did not respond to a request for comment.

In 2015, Samsung announced that it was creating a new team to work on self-driving car technologies. The division was said to focus on components rather than building an entire vehicle, while declining to go into further detail about its long-term plans.

And earlier this month, Apple received a permit to start testing self-driving car technology in California. The iPhone-maker’s test car, a white Lexus RX450h crossover, was recently spotted by a driver somewhere in the Silicon Valley area.

Many of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, and most of the major automakers, have been working on self-driving technology for years now. But two of the world’s biggest consumer electronics companies, Apple and Samsung, have only recently taken steps to start testing their own autonomous vehicles.

It’s unclear how dominant either will be in the field: on one hand, both companies appear to be playing catch-up to self-driving leaders like Google and Uber; on the other, Apple and Samsung are sitting on gigantic piles of money that could give them an edge in three or four years, when self-driving cars are expected to hit the roads in full force.

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This better be the funniest thread of the day Internet!

It is kind of funny since some years ago Samsung got rid of its share in its own car manufacturing company Renault Samsung Motors only to come back to the same theme — after the rumours about Apple also doing it appeared in the media.

In the past Samsung was very quick with such tactics. For example, it has managed to release its own smartwatch earlier than Apple, despite starting it, of course, after WSJ leaked the information that Apple was developing it. In this example, though, Samsung was not able to really succeed since even though Apple’s smartwatches came later, they turned out to be much more successful than Samsung’s.

But maybe Samsung will fare better this time? Apple’s car is only expected by 2020, if at all, and Samsung can release it sooner. And may be this time it will be successful.

Man u a real nonsense troll

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