Samsung is looking to join the ranks of Apple and Google in developing its own autonomous driving technology, and the South Korean government has just paved the way for the chaebol to do so. According to Yonhap, the country’s ministry of land, infrastructure and transport announced on Monday that it has approved a test run of the company’s self-driving car on actual roads.

The vehicle in question is a production Hyundai equipped with the latest cameras and sensors. Samsung plans to develop sensors and computer modules that use artificial intelligence and deep learning technology – something that Audi is also working on with Nvidia – to improve a vehicle’s autonomous driving capabilities, even in challenging weather conditions.

Nearly 20 approvals have been issued by the land ministry for test runs on autonomous vehicles since February last year; Hyundai was the first to gain approval. The ministry has said that it wants to throttle back autonomous vehicle regulations to encourage the growth of the industry.

So far, it has reduced the mandatory passengers present in a vehicle from two to one, and is also building towards the production of cars without steering wheels or pedals. “Self-driving cars call for the collaboration of various cutting-edge technologies from the automobile, artificial intelligence and information communication sectors,” it said, adding that it will continue to create a suitable environment for growth.