Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI) is to strengthen technical tie-up in the smart car sector with global automaker BMW. The company announced on January 22 that it received a donation of the next-generation electric vehicle (EV) “i3” from BMW Group at the BMW headquarters in Munich on the 16th.
The donation ceremony was attended by Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy Joo Hyung-hwan, KETI Director Park Chung-won, BMW Sales and Marketing Director Ian Robertson and BMW Korea CEO Kim Hyo-joon. The i3, which was donated by BMW, will be used as a research and development platform that realizes KETI’s core face-heat generation materials and self-driving technologies, such as WAVE communication, advanced sensor and digital media technologies.
KETI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BMW Group Korea in 2015 in order to carry out a joint research in smart car technologies, including functional smart materials and smart sensors.
In addition, the company has been jointly developing face-heat generation materials, which can contribute to the improvement of EV energy efficiency, with a domestic firm based on demand of BMW, supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) from 2016.
With support from the MOTIE, KETI will jointly hold “global networking” event devoted to BMW’s demand technologies and products and purchase strategies with BMW Korea within the first quarter this year. Any officials from companies which want to cooperate with BMW can apply to join the event in advance. In particular, they will be offered an opportunity to jump up to be a cooperative partner of BMW through a one on one matching program with BMW.