SK Telecom has successfully deployed 5G infrastructure in K-City, the country’s pilot city for self-driving. It is the world’s first 5G infrastructure-equipped test autonomous driving city.
SK Telecom successfully deployed 5G infrastructure, including test network with 20 Gbps download capacity, which allows downloading a 1GB video file in 0.4 seconds,
K-City achieved an end-to-end system, meaning that both wireless and wired slots in the facility are connected in 5G network. To realize its 5G infrastructure, the latest 5G technologies -- 5G virtualization, beamforming and beam-tracking -- were adopted.
This indicates that K-City will serve as a “5G self-driving outpost” where domestic companies and organizations can test their 5G autonomous driving technology and speed up their technological development. There isn’t a self-driving city equipped with 5G technology anywhere in the world.
K-City, located in Hwaseong, southwest of Seoul, has a total area of around 363,000㎡. It has a variety of test driving lanes that resemble real world driving conditions such as a school zone and bus-only lane.
5G is a core infrastructure that is necessary to realize V2X (Vehicle to Everything) technologies including vehicle to vehicle communications and vehicle to IoT/control center communications. Utilizing 5G infrastructure, autonomous driving can predict accidents by sharing information on driving and data on surrounding area, said SK Telecom.