KT Corp recently announced they have partnered with Kakao Mobility to work together to allow KT's consumers to utilize Kakao T services while driving.
The two aim to provide new services by combining KT’s connected car platform GiGA Drive and Kakao Mobility’s Kakao T platform.
The two are envisioning their business as a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) model that integrates finished car, connected car platform and business to consumer services into one. The basic concept is the combination of commercial vehicles equipped with KT’s connected platform, the company’s B2B capacity and Kakao T services. Under the agreement, they will develop an in-vehicle infotainment device to use Kakao T services inside a car and the connection between the car navigation and Kakao T.
KT now provides its connected car platform to 14 finished car manufacturers including Hyundai Motor and Mercedes Benz. KT said its connected car platform accounts for about 46 percent in the Korean connected car market that is estimated to involve about 1.86 million units. Kakao Mobility runs Kakao T, the largest mobility platform in Korea with 22 million subscribers, to provide taxi, driver-for-hire, electric bicycle and navigation services.
The two are also considering ways to link KT’s 5G-based self-driving and car control technology and Kakao Mobility’s Kakao T services.
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