SK Telecom and HERE to partner on location services for self-driving cars

SK Telecom HERE have announced plans for a broad technology and commercial partnership in the automotive and Internet of Things sectors.

The collaboration – outlined in their preliminary agreement signed today 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.

A key area of focus will be on high definition (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, helping them to 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 solution for automakers, and this step will enable the acceleration of that work.

To support their exploratory work across these different forms of mapping and location services, the companies also announced today plans to establish a “Center of Excellence” in Korea for technology, research and innovation. Through this shared facility, the companies intend to identify immediate and longer-term growth opportunities.

Source: HERE