- Naver Whale signs a five-party MOU with Drimaes, Team Yper, Carang, and Last 30 Minutes
- Advancement O2O service expected by providing an integrated platform in the vehicle... Opens up the possibility of colorful collaboration in the near future
Naver Whale announced on November 11 that it has signed MOUs for
cooperation in mobility business with Drimaes (CEO Lim Jin-woo), Team Yper (CEO
Moon Hyun-gu), Carang (CEO Park Jong-gwan), and Last 30 Minutes (CEO Lee
In this collaboration, Naver Whale will build a service platform
based on web technology, Drimaes will provide vehicle infotainment technology
and methodology, and the remaining partners will each provide O2O services for
vehicles operating on the newly established service platform.
Whale was prepared through the strategic business cooperation
with Continental-Drimaes that has the in-vehicle IVI system configuration which
is essential to function as an extended platform in the browser. Also.
through the agreement with the vehicle O2O service, the already established IVI
system has become an integrated service platform, and the company explained
that it can be connected with. vehicle service providers can operate web
services in vehicles without creating separate AOS and IOS mobile apps.
Naver Whale leader Kim Hyo said, "This MOU has great
significance in that we have built a new mobility service ecosystem that can be
mass-produced by putting O2O services for vehicles of various start-ups that
are actually servicing them on a Whale-based integrated service platform. We
are opening up the possibility of collaboration with various partners outside
of service companies, from car entertainment functions such as music, movies,
and games to travel navigation and fuel price comparison."
Team Yper is a company that possesses unrivaled offline
competitiveness and expertise in car wash service. When customers make
reservations and payments easily with a smartphone, the car manager moves to
where the car is, washes cars by hand, and returns it safely back to the
customer. Another advantage of this service is that it has made a technical
alliance with Hyundai Motors' in-house venture company Tune It, enabling the
use of an online on-site car wash system in the non-face-to-face
method. "We will cooperate with Drimaes and Naver to make our service the
most comfortable car wash service for drivers," said CEO Moon of Team Yper.
Carang, an on-site vehicle maintenance company, already has
450,000 users through customized systems, quick maintenance, and 11 standard
safety checks. It also analyzes the user's data to establish a vehicle
management system in real-time and manages consumables periodically. CEO
Park of Carang said, "We expect that this agreement will make the day in
which everyone gets vehicle management at the convenience of your houses comes
Last 30 Minutes, the company that runs the real-time valet
parking service Itcha, shares parking spaces in nearby parking lots in
real-time to increase user convenience and maximize space utilization so that
users receive a lower parking fee compared to the average in the surrounding
area. With this, Itcha has an insurance plan designed especially for the
company, so users can safely leave the vehicle to the drivers who have received
professional training. CEO Lee of Last 30 Minutes said that through this
agreement, the company has contributed one step further to the creation of a
new UX for finished vehicles and laid a foothold for moving forward.
CEO Kim of Drimaes, the
company that provides vehicle infotainment technology and methodology, said,
"We are pleased to cooperate with Korea's leading online platform Naver and
mobility service companies. Through this agreement, we will continuously build
a new service ecosystem that fits IVI and discover user experience."
Naver is based in Pangyo,
Pangyo Technovalley is the Asia Tech Hub where more than 1,200 companies in IT,
CT, and BT sectors with innovative products and technologies are gathered.
Located just south of the Seoul metropolitan area, easy transportation access
and infrastructure provides the best environment for Korean companies to
companies are located here, with more than 64 thousand full-time workers with a
vast majority in their 20s and 30s. By industries, companies in the high-tech
industry are made up of IT companies, content technology companies,
biotechnology companies, and nanotechnology companies.
With the support from
innovative companies with global capabilities like Kakao, NHN Entertainment,
AhnLab, Krafton, NCSOFT, Nexon, and Hancom at hand, companies in Pangyo
Technovalley made over 100 trillion in revenue this year. A 20% increase from
last year, it is expected to become one of the best IT clusters in Korea in
near future, along with advanced technology research institutes like Advanced
Institute of Convergence Technology, KAIST, ETRI, and KETI working together to
develop the relevant technologies further.