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South Korean Government Unveils '5G+ ICT R&D Roadmap’
A Blueprint for 5G-based R&D Investment
South Korean Government Unveils '5G+ ICT R&D Roadmap’
  • By Jung Suk-yee
  • July 12, 2019, 08:49
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The Korean government will develop a 5G-based autonomous driving system by 2026.

The South Korean government plans to develop 5G-based autonomous driving services for limited spaces, including ports, factories, and campuses, by 2021. It also plans to develop by 2026 5G-based vehicle to everything (V2X) communication technology and a 5G-based control system to realize autonomous and cooperative driving on urban roads.

These plans are included in the “5G+ ICT R&D Roadmap” unveiled by the Ministry of Science and ICT on July 11.

The roadmap shows the directions of ICT R&D investment to be carried out from this year to 2026 to develop the world's top-level strategic products in each of the 10 core industries and five core services in the ministry’s 5G+ strategy.

In the field of autonomous vehicles, Korea will develop by 2026 5G-based vehicle communication technology and a 5G-based control system at Level 4 or higher which will enable cars to run on their own on downtown roads without drivers. Also in the pipeline are a 5G and V2X public transport and multi-vehicle autonomous navigation platform, high-precision indoor and external positioning components for production of 3D maps, ultra-high precision positioning components, negotiation and recognition AI technology for cooperative autonomous driving.

In the smart city sector, the ministry will implement a 5G CCTV-based intelligent road safety service by next year. In addition, Korea will develop a data-based optimized safe route service by 2022, a customized perception-based navigation service by 2024 and a self-controlled optimized navigation solution by 2026. In the long term, the government envisions a mobility city where various intelligent systems cooperate and learn mutually.

In the field of network equipment and smart phones, the government aims to develop the world's first 5G small cell base station by 2022 and distributed base station until 2023. The roadmap also aims to develop the world's highest-performance 16-terabyte optical communication equipment and power amplifier, a core component of smartphones, by 2021 and complete RF and antenna technology in 2026.

Furthermore, Korea will develop a world-class 5G-based lightweight, optical AR device by 2022 and tailored AR devices such as helmets and dust-proof devices by 2026.

In the wearable device sector, Korea will develop various types of ultra-small and lightweight wearable devices that can be used in daily life such as smart clothes and soft suits.

In the field of immersive contents, Korea will promote the development of 5G-based immersive contents such as super-sized signage and stereoscopic studios by 2020. By 2026, Korea will develop hyper-immersive hologram technology that can be used for public services such as disaster safety, immersive education and medical and welfare services.

In the field of information security, Korea will develop security systems for non-standalone and standalone 5G networks by 2023. In particular, it plans to complete 5G-based intelligent patrol CCTV technology by 2026 that actively detects and responds to threats by analyzing the image information collected from various mobile devices on drones and cars.