The Seoul Metropolitan Government has signed an agreement with SK Telecom to develop HD Map technologies for autonomous driving.
The partners will work on the development of real-time update technology for HD Map covering a total of 121 kilometers of public roads designated by Seoul’s Cooperative-Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) project.
The plan is to install 5G Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to 1,600 buses and 100 taxis and jointly develop an automated road infrastructure management system as well as advanced transportation safety services based on big data analytics.
C-ITS envisions the intelligent transportation system infrastructure to leverage 5G network and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) system on major roads of Seoul, effectively becoming the first city in the world to use 5G to drive innovations in the area of public transportation.
SK Telecom said in a news release that a total of 1,700 units of 5G ADAS installed in buses and taxis will collect 124 different types of road/traffic information and transmit the data via 5G network, which supports ultra-fast transmission of massive data at near zero latency, to support real-time update of the HD map.
“5G ADAS, installed in public transportation vehicles, will support vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication to increase efficiency in vehicle and traffic operation and enhance road safety,” it said.
“For instance, while the existing buses only provide location information using GPS, buses equipped with 5G ADAS will be able to communicate with diverse objects on roads, including other vehicles (vehicle-to-vehicle, V2V) and infrastructure (vehicle-to-infrastructure, V2I),” it added.
Choi Il-gyu, Executive Vice President and Head of B2B Business Division of SK Telecom, said in a media statement that the super-fast, hyper-connectivity 5G network is essential as a tremendous amount data is constantly generated by connected vehicles.
“SK Telecom will work closely with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to turn Seoul into ‘5G Smart Mobility Hub’ by applying the most innovative 5G technologies,” he said.