SK Telecom and HERE announced plans for a broad technology and commercial partnership in the automotive and Internet of Things sectors. The companies signed a preliminary agreement at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. According to the agreement, the companies will combine their complementary capabilities in connectivity, mapping and location data to deliver new services to Korean consumers and businesses.
SK Telecom is already providing leading digital map service for consumers and enterprises in Korea, while HERE has expertise in three-dimensional mapmaking, indoor mapping, and location-centric 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.
Connectivity will also be at the heart of location services within the cabin of an autonomous car. Passengers will be able to explore and interact with the world around them in new ways. In-car and smartphone interfaces could be used to plan multi-stop journeys, arrange connections to other modes of transport, or re-route a package destined for your home to the trunk of your vehicle instead.
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.