Instead, Samsung said in a statement that approval for the test run did not mean that it was making a self-driving car.
"The pilot run is being carried out for software and solution development for an autonomous car, nothing more," the company said, according to a report in the Korea Herald.
"It has nothing to do with devices development, but to test software and algorithm under development by Samsung."
The ministry said Samsung was currently developing a self-driving algorithm that could be depended on even in bad weather. It also planned to develop smart auto parts like computer modules and sensors which are manipulated using artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Last year, Samsung signed a deal with Tesla to manufacture processors for the autonomous vehicles built by the latter.
Samsung sold its bankrupt automobile unit Samsung Motors to Renault 17 years ago. Since then, it has said it would never re-enter the automobile market, but has an auto component division as part of its future growth strategy.
The South Korean conglomerate has acquired Harman, a US automotive company, for 10 trillion won (US$8.79 billion) and is said to be talking to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to buy its auto parts affiliate Magneti Marelli.