SK Telecom, Here to partner on location services for self-driving cars, smart cities
origin : Telecompaper
Date : 2018-01-12
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SK Telecom and Here Technologies (Here) announced plans for a broad technology and commercial partnership in the automotive and IoT sectors. The collaboration, outlined in their preliminary agreement signed at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, will see SK Telecom and Here combine their complementary capabilities in connectivity, mapping and location data to deliver new services to Korean consumers and businesses. The companies also intend to leverage the Here Open Location Platform as a development environment and marketplace for the services. One of the key areas the companies will focus on will be HD mapping and location services for connected and autonomous cars. In particular, the companies plan to enable Here HD Live Map for the Korean market. HD Live Map is an advanced map for autonomous cars that helps them drive more safely and efficiently. It takes advantage of probe and vehicle sensor data as well as advanced network technologies to automatically update itself, while informing vehicles about incidents, road closures, and hazards. Together, SK Telecom and Here will further develop their data processing capabilities to support continuous map updates for cars in near real-time. Here is already developing HD Live Map for Korea as part of a complete global platform for automakers, and this step will enable the acceleration of that work. Connectivity will also be at the heart of location services within the cabin of an autonomous car. Here and SK Telecom intend to jointly explore potential new services combining their respective capabilities.