[Pangyo Tech] Kakao Mobility to demonstrate Korea’s first 80km long-distance platooning

Kakao Mobility announced its development achievements of platooning service platform through a national project and said that it would be the first in Korea to demonstrate long-distance platooning in the 80km section.

Kakao Mobility announced the research achievements of “V2X-based platooning service platform development” by participating in the “Final Performance Presentation of Autonomous Cooperative Platooning Technology Development for Trucks” held by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Sep 9.

Kakao Mobility will demonstrate the long-distance platooning demonstration based on this research achievement. Following the successful test run on the 8km section from Seoyeoju IC to Yeoju JCT last year, the demonstration will be conducted in the 80km section of the national highways Yeongdong Line and Jungbu Inland Line, which is the same as the long-distance driving environment of a truck this year.

The technological difficulty has also been raised. The number of vehicles will be increased from three to four, and the operating speed will be increased from 80 km/h to 90 km/h. The vehicle-to-vehicle distance will be reduced from 15.6 m to 12.5 m, and more sophisticated platooning technology will be introduced.

Korea Expressway Corporation has been operating a national project to secure platoon driving technology for four years from 2018 with support from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Kakao Mobility is participating with Hyundai Motor Company, Kookmin University, and Ajou University to conduct R&D related to the development of an operating service platform that connects vehicles participating in platooning and the implementation of a logistics transport service model for technology commercialization.

Dr. Jeon Sang-hoon of Kakao Mobility Technology Division is overseeing the research. He said, “In the past, platooning research in Korea and overseas has mainly focused on the ‘column driving’ technology itself. It is meaningful that the research on technology was conducted together. Based on the technological capabilities that Kakao Mobility has accumulated like AI dispatch and routing, we will continue to make efforts to contribute to strengthening Korea’s technological competitiveness in more diverse mobility fields.”

Pangyo Technovalley is an innovation hub for global companies comparable to the Silicon Valley in the US, Zhongguancun in China, and STATION F in France. It is an Asia tech hub with 1,259 IT, BT, CT, and NT companies that possess innovative products and technologies. Located just south of the metropolitan area, it provides the best environment for Korean companies to do business with great transportation access and infrastructure.

Various high-tech companies are located in Pangyo Technovalley, and it is occupied by 64,000 full-time employees, many in their 20-30s. In terms of industry, the companies are engaged in information technology, contents technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

With the support of innovative companies with global capabilities such as Kakao, Naver, AhnLab, Krafton, NCSoft, Nexon, and Hancom, companies in Pangyo Technovalley recorded 107 trillion won in sales last year. Investment and infrastructure growth in Pangyo is expected to continue, with the Metaverse hub entering Pangyo this year.

Source: Pangyo Techno Valley Official Newsroom 

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