LG Uplus announced on Feb. 2 that it has signed a business agreement with Doosan Mobility Innovation to expand its drone business.
Doosan Mobility Innovation has developed a hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone that can fly for more than two hours, much longer than ordinary drones’ flight time of 20 to 30 minutes. The new drone can fly 80 kilometers, a distance from Seoul to Cheonan in North Chungcheong Province, non-stop.
LG Uplus has built a smart drone platform to relay photos and videos taken by drone cameras to terminals such as smartphones through LTE and 5G telecommunications. In addition, operators can remotely manage drone status information, flight plans, flight routes, and missions using LTE and 5G communications.
The two companies plan to explore various business opportunities by linking the merits of hydrogen fuel cell-powered drones with the smart drone platform. The two companies’ cooperation is expected to boost the utilization of smart drones, which are attracting much attention in various fields including the industrial, security and military sectors. In particular, smart drones will be used more widely in logistics and distribution. In addition, new business opportunities can be found in the public sector as smart drones will be used for various disasters such as fires and earthquakes.
Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly explore drone business opportunities after building a 5G communication network between drones and a control center by the first half of this year.