SK Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding with Byton, a Chinese electric vehicle startup, at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the United States on Jan. 7 (local time).
The cooperation between the two companies will involve a variety of business areas including the development and application of integrated in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and support for marketing.
Byton is an electric car company established in Hong Kong in 2017 by experts from global carmakers including BMW and Nissan. It is garnering much attention as a next-generation electric car company by showing EVs with a higher quality than existing models at various motor shows.
SK Telecom and Byton will collaborate on digital services ranging from the development of next-generation IVI for Korean consumers to their actual application to vehicles. SK Telecom expects that the integrated IVI service will generate synergies with Byton vehicles, which feature various digital applications such as a 48-inch curved touch display.
SK Telecom will also cooperate with Byton in sales of EVs and after-sales service for them. In addition, the wireless carrier plans to explore innovative new services and products that can benefit consumers.
SK Telecom also unveiled a next-generation single-photon lidar prototype at CES 2020 in cooperation with Pioneer Smart Sensing Innovations (PSSI), a global electric auto parts developer. Lidar is a technology that can measure distance to a target by illuminating it with laser light. It can serve as the eye of an autonomous vehicle and can be used in various industrial sectors such as the security and social safety fields.