Kakao teams up with software firm to develop navigation software for connected cars

Lim Chang-won Reporter Posted : 2018-10-08 18:15 Updated : 2018-10-08 18:15
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SEOUL -- Kakao Mobility, the smart call-taxi wing of South Korea's web service giant Kakao, forged a business alliance with EnGIS Technologies, a domestic software development company, to develop software for connected car navigation.

Kakao Mobility said in a statement Monday that the two companies would work together to launch an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) service platform. IVI is a collection of hardware and software in automobiles that provides audio or video entertainment.

Kakao runs its mobile navigation app Kakao Navi, and EnGIS provides software solutions to auto and consumer electronics firms.

In July, South Korea's top telecom company, KT, forged a business alliance with EnGIS to develop IVI technology and software solutions for connected cars. In cooperation with EnGIS, KT will develop car navigation software and introduce a hybrid navigation function that can work in an environment where communication service is not provided.

KT has sought to commercialize autonomous vehicles for public use as its domestic rival, SK Telecom, stepped up the development of connected car technologies and a driving assistant system that will help drivers receive on-road situations by analyzing real-time data.