SK Telecom joins 5G car association

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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South Korean operator is first from Asia to join 5G Automotive Association, to promote vehicle technology

SK Telecom has become a member of the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), a global cross-industry association of companies from the telecommunications and automotive industries.

Formed in September 2016, the 5GAA focuses on furthering the technology needed for automated driving, access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transport.

Other members include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Vodafone.

“We are very pleased that SK Telecom has joined the association,” said Dino Flore, director general of the 5GAA. “With its important expertise, SK Telecom will contribute to the definition and development of next generation connected mobility solutions.”

The 5GAA’s main activities include defining and harmonizing use cases, technical requirements and implementation strategies. The organisation says that it addresses vehicle-to-everything technology requirements. It is also running joint innovation and development projects leading to integrated solutions, interoperability testing, large scale pilots and trial deployments.

“We are designing 5G to support connected cars and autonomous driving,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, SK Telecom’s CTO and head of its corporate R&D Centre. “5G will enable the automotive industry to create new and innovative values through services including augmented autonomous driving, worry-free car management and rich in-car services.”