Seoul launches commercial self-driving shuttle service

South Korea’s capital city unveiled a commercial driverless car service Monday, the first step in an ambitious plan to bring autonomous vehicles into everyday life over the next five years.

Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon led a ceremony Monday afternoon to launch the pilot project of three self-driving sedans in the western neighborhood of Sangam-dong.

“Autonomous driving is not a technology of the future anymore,” Oh said. “It is already here with us. Today, public self-driving vehicles have started to serve our citizens.”

The three cars will carry passengers on a pair of routes over roughly 2.3 square miles, covering a busy subway station, apartment complexes and office buildings. The city said it will expand the fleet by three more vehicles, including a bus, by the end of December.