South Korea will promote the development of driverless vehicles at next year's Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games in Pyeongchang, the Transport Ministry has announced.
Self-driving cars, including the G80 from Hyundai Motor Company's luxury sub-brand Genesis, and hydrogen-powered vehicles will run from Seoul to Pyeongchang, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
Hyundai is a domestic sponsor of Pyeongchang 2018.
Pyeongchang, host city of the Games, is 180 kilometres east of the capital.
At least two G80 vehicles and five hydrogen fuel cell cars are planned to take part in the event, though the number could increase, according to the Ministry.
The exact date for the drive has not been confirmed, but it is expected to be near the opening day of the quadrennial sports event, due to begin on February 9.
From tollbooths to motorway service areas and interchanges, the vehicles will go through all the major facilities of the highway at speeds set by law, the Ministry added.
The maps used for the self-driving deployment will have resolution with less than 10 centimetres margin of error, which is the "world’s best" according to the company when it comes to these kinds of high-definition maps.
During the 17-day event, the hydrogen-powered cars will serve as shuttles connecting the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are scheduled to be held, and a sports venue four kilometres away.
The vehicles to be used during the Olympics and Paralympics will all meet "level 3" international standards, which require that cars take full control of all critical safety functions, yet still need a driver at the seat.
The Ministry said the National Geographic Information Institute and Hyundai's navigation software development unit are creating detailed maps together that can be used in autonomous cars.
Toyota, an Olympic TOP sponsor, is also set to show off its own autonomous cars during Tokyo 2020.