SK Telecom to Conclude 5G-Powered Traffic System Testing in Seoul

SK Telecom Co.’s next-generation traffic monitoring system is shown in this photo provided by the company on June 8, 2021.

SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) SK Telecom Co., a major South Korean telecommunications operator, said on Tuesday it would conclude testing a next-generation traffic system in Seoul by the end of this month, as it seeks to accelerate efforts to develop self-driving technology based on its high-speed 5G network.

The telecom operator has been testing the traffic system, named Cooperative-Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS), with the Seoul Metropolitan Government since early 2019 and has installed 1,735 5G sensors on major roads in the city spanning 151 kilometers to monitor traffic data.

SK Telecom said it plans to complete development of a platform next year that will provide data collected from the system to navigation companies.

Using data collected by the sensors, SK Telecom said it sent an average of 43 million notifications per day of pedestrian information to vehicles.

SK Telecom also said it has created a high-precision map capable of providing traffic information by installing advanced 5G driver assistance systems on 1,600 buses and 100 taxis that travel around the city.

The technology is capable of recognizing real-time road traffic information, in which the data is analyzed by artificial intelligence technology to power self-driving vehicles.


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