South Korea’s government has announced that every expressway across the country will be modified for self-driving vehicles over the next few years, Nikkei Asian Review reported. Initial plans will see the country’s 5,500km of highways upgraded, before the IoT infrastructure is expanded to local roads in major cities by 2024. For example, signalling devices installed at traffic lights will inform the autonomous vehicle directly when the light changes colour rather than the vehicle relying on a camera, while other devices signal the width of lanes so vehicles can adjust accordingly. The government intends to work largely with domestic companies on developing the signalling technology as well as 3D mapping, whilst Korean cellcos including KT Corp and SK Telecom continue to conduct autonomous vehicle research and development. The country is also one of the leaders in 5G network rollout and user take-up.
Cubic Telecom and Rogers Communications have teamed up to provide connected car services for Canadians, integrating Cubic’s PACE (Platform for Application and Connectivity Enablement) and connected vehicle solution with Rogers’ nationwide mobile network, with coverage also provided in the US via roaming. Rogers says it is able to support seamless connectivity for any automotive manufacturer hosted on Cubic’s PACE platform, which integrates multiple technologies into a single point of control for the manufacturer, adding that the solution offers drivers and passengers ‘always-on connected services’ including navigation and real-time route mapping plus music/video streaming across Canada and the US. The first automaker partners for the solution will be announced early next year.
Sigfox has chosen Bangkok-based Things on Net, part of systems integration/outsourcing group Platt Nera, to deploy its IoT network technology in Thailand, reports FutureIoT. Things on Net CEO Prapan Asavaplungprohm said that the company plans to set up 1,400 base stations nationwide by 2020 to cover 85% of the population. Currently, its network covers Bangkok and seven major cities. Things on Net aims to be a major player in Thailand’s IoT sector, alongside operators such as fixed line telco CAT which provides LoRaWAN IoT network services and cellco AIS which has launched an NB-IoT network. Roswell Wolff, president of Sigfox Asia-Pacific, said: ‘Thailand has one of the region’s highest levels of digital investment, setting a pace to be matched across Asia. Thailand 4.0 is being embraced across industries and users alike, creating demand for exactly the massive IoT services Things on Net and Sigfox offer. In addition, with its key location between China, the region and global transportation hubs, we consider Thailand to be a key market for Sigfox, our partners, and our customers.’ Sigfox networks currently span 65 countries, with Thailand’s neighbours Singapore and Malaysia having already introduced the technology.
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