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SK Telecom aims to turn Songdo international area into mobility smart city

By Lim Chang-won Posted : April 29, 2019, 11:29 Updated : April 29, 2019, 15:02

[Courtesy of Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority ]

SEOUL -- South Korea's top mobile carrier, SK Telecom, will establish 5G infrastructure optimized for a self-driving environment by using its high-definition map solution in Songdo, an international business district built on reclaimed land in the western port city of Incheon. The final goal is to turn the area into a mobility smart city.

SK Telecom (SKT) said Monday that a business agreement was signed between Park Jin-hyo, chief technology officer at ICT R&D Center, and Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority (IFEZ) Commissioner Kim Jin-yong, to establish 5G-based self-driving infrastructure and foster related industries.

The waterfront city in Songo is located in a vast free economic zone where various incentives such as tax reductions, estate support, and subsidies are given. SKT agreed to create 5G-based ultra precision maps in Songdo within this year and throughout the entire zone later.

"We will present the future of a 5G-based mobility smart city starting with the establishment of our 5G-based HD map in Songdo International City," said Park. SKT would update information on road conditions with a 5G-based real-time HD map update solution and multi-function ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) terminals.

In May last year, SKT unveiled HD Map, a high-definition map solution that would help autonomous vehicles navigate safely. Three-dimensional maps have been created with cars fitted with sensors. SK Telecom has said its solution was designed for vehicles capable of level 4 and level 5 automation, which require intervention by a driver just in case of an emergent situation.

SKT has joined the OneMap Alliance involving NavInfo of China, Pioneer of Japan and HERE Technologies, an Amsterdam-based mapping service provider, to produce HD maps. With the alliance's super precision maps, autonomous mobile operators will save time and money on building individual HD maps.


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