– Naver Whale signs a five-party MOU with Drimaes, Team Yper, Carang, and Last 30 Minutes

– Advancement O2O service expected by providing an integrated platform in the vehicle… Opens up the possibility of colorful collaboration in the near future

Naver Whale announced on November 11 that it has signed MOUs for cooperation in mobility business with Drimaes (CEO Lim Jin-woo), Team Yper (CEO Moon Hyun-gu), Carang (CEO Park Jong-gwan), and Last 30 Minutes (CEO Lee Jong-seon).

In this collaboration, Naver Whale will build a service platform based on web technology, Drimaes will provide vehicle infotainment technology and methodology, and the remaining partners will each provide O2O services for vehicles operating on the newly established service platform.

Whale was prepared through the strategic business cooperation with Continental-Drimaes that has the in-vehicle IVI system configuration which is essential to function as an extended platform in the browser. Also. through the agreement with the vehicle O2O service, the already established IVI system has become an integrated service platform, and the company explained that it can be connected with. vehicle service providers can operate web services in vehicles without creating separate AOS and IOS mobile apps.

Naver Whale leader Kim Hyo said, “This MOU has great significance in that we have built a new mobility service ecosystem that can be mass-produced by putting O2O services for vehicles of various start-ups that are actually servicing them on a Whale-based integrated service platform. We are opening up the possibility of collaboration with various partners outside of service companies, from car entertainment functions such as music, movies, and games to travel navigation and fuel price comparison.”  

Team Yper is a company that possesses unrivaled offline competitiveness and expertise in car wash service. When customers make reservations and payments easily with a smartphone, the car manager moves to where the car is, washes cars by hand, and returns it safely back to the customer. Another advantage of this service is that it has made a technical alliance with Hyundai Motors’ in-house venture company Tune It, enabling the use of an online on-site car wash system in the non-face-to-face method. “We will cooperate with Drimaes and Naver to make our service the most comfortable car wash service for drivers,” said CEO Moon of Team Yper.

Carang, an on-site vehicle maintenance company, already has 450,000 users through customized systems, quick maintenance, and 11 standard safety checks. It also analyzes the user’s data to establish a vehicle management system in real-time and manages consumables periodically. CEO Park of Carang said, “We expect that this agreement will make the day in which everyone gets vehicle management at the convenience of your houses comes earlier.”

Last 30 Minutes, the company that runs the real-time valet parking service Itcha, shares parking spaces in nearby parking lots in real-time to increase user convenience and maximize space utilization so that users receive a lower parking fee compared to the average in the surrounding area. With this, Itcha has an insurance plan designed especially for the company, so users can safely leave the vehicle to the drivers who have received professional training. CEO Lee of Last 30 Minutes said that through this agreement, the company has contributed one step further to the creation of a new UX for finished vehicles and laid a foothold for moving forward.

CEO Kim of Drimaes, the company that provides vehicle infotainment technology and methodology, said, “We are pleased to cooperate with Korea’s leading online platform Naver and mobility service companies. Through this agreement, we will continuously build a new service ecosystem that fits IVI and discover user experience.”

Naver is based in Pangyo, Pangyo Technovalley is the Asia Tech Hub where more than 1,200 companies in IT, CT, and BT sectors with innovative products and technologies are gathered. Located just south of the Seoul metropolitan area, easy transportation access and infrastructure provides the best environment for Korean companies to conduct businesses.

Various high-tech companies are located here, with more than 64 thousand full-time workers with a vast majority in their 20s and 30s. By industries, companies in the high-tech industry are made up of IT companies, content technology companies, biotechnology companies, and nanotechnology companies.

With the support from innovative companies with global capabilities like Kakao, NHN Entertainment, AhnLab, Krafton, NCSOFT, Nexon, and Hancom at hand, companies in Pangyo Technovalley made over 100 trillion in revenue this year. A 20% increase from last year, it is expected to become one of the best IT clusters in Korea in near future, along with advanced technology research institutes like Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, KAIST, ETRI, and KETI working together to develop the relevant technologies further.