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KT forges partnership with state car parts research institute to nurture future car technologies

By Park Sae-jin Posted : June 23, 2020, 13:29 Updated : June 23, 2020, 13:29

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SEOUL -- KT, South Korea's largest telecom company, has forged a partnership with a state car parts research institute to co-develop autonomous driving technology in an effort to boost South Korea's presence in the global self-driving technology industry.

KT said in a statement on Tuesday that the company and Korea Automotive Technology Institute (Katech) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the development and demonstration of suture car technologies such as autonomous driving.

"We will contribute to the strengthening of South Korea's competitiveness in the future car technology industry by co-developing level-4 autonomous driving technologies and cooperating in the development of services for autonomous driving environments," KT said.

Level 3 self-driving system consists of autonomous features such as lane-keeping assistant and highway driving assistant. Level 4 and 5 provide fully autonomous driving but human intervention is required in case of an emergent situation.

The telecom company said that it will provide the company's vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication technology-based autonomous platform, high-definition location information service, autonomous vehicles and other related services such as monitoring and remote control services for self-driving cars. KT will also collect data from test vehicles using big data and artificial intelligence to further upgrade its technology.

V2X is a communication method which autonomous vehicles use wireless networks to communicate with other traffic and on-road facilities such as traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. It is one of the key technologies of autonomous driving.

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