Following hype over how to incorporate the fifth-generation network into autonomous driving since the network began commercial service here last month, the initial step toward the futuristic goal is expected to take off in Seoul later this year.
South Korea's biggest mobile carrier SK Telecom and Seoul City government said Thursday they have agreed to develop 5G-based maps for self-driving. By the second half of this year, 1,700 vehicles will be used to create a map by providing real-time updates of the traffic system, they said.
The agreement is expected to help Korea gain an edge in 5G technology and autonomous driving. Officials said if the plan is implemented as scheduled, Seoul would become the first global city to use the 5G network for public transportation.
"Live updates of high-definition maps will lay the ground for a new industry, such as smart mobility," said Ko Hong-seok, who manages the traffic system in Seoul. "By enhancing co-operation with the local government, we will help Seoul lead other global cities in future transportation."