Tech giants Samsung have partnered up with Hyundai, post the approval of the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to begin testing self-driving cars in the country. The company isn’t focused on building an entire vehicle as such, but just the systems that make a vehicle autonomous.
Samsung revealed its plans to develop the sensors, computing systems, AI and other software for self-driving cars, which will be placed into the specially manufactured cars made by partners like Hyundai. This means that, as Samsung positions itself in the self-driving space, it’s trying to be more of an Intel than a Tesla working to develop back-end systems that it can sell or license while leaving the auto parts to more experienced partners. This approach makes Samsung fall into a set of immediate competition from similar suitors, when it enters the market.