Naver Labs Partners with Softbank to Make Digital Versions of Japanese Cities
Digital Versions of Japanese Cities

Naver Labs Partners with Softbank to Make Digital Versions of Japanese Cities

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The leading South Korean web portal operator and IT company, Naver, collaborates with Softbank to create digital versions of Japanese cities using high-definition maps and a digital twin data production solution. The system enables developers to create virtual twins of the real world conveniently and efficiently.

A digital twin is simply a digital clone of the real world. Digital twins have various valuable applications, such as running simulations for a city struck by a massive tsunami or hit by an earthquake, to test the various preparedness measures.

The company’s artificial intelligence, robot, and autonomous technology wing, Naver Labs, introduced ‘ALIKE’ in June 2021. It is a digital twin development solution that can develop digital cities using aerial photographs and high-definition maps. The company had developed a 605-square kilometer-wide three-dimensional map of Seoul utilizing the technology.

Naver Labs CEO Seok Sang-ok revealed that his company is working with Softbank to produce high-density urban HD maps in Japan. The companies will pick an undisclosed Japanese city for the project to begin in early 2022.

Naver Labs’ hybrid metaverse ecosystem, ARCVERSE, organically connects to the real world based on a virtual space. “The biggest feature of ARCVERSE is that it is not an independent virtual space, but can form a digital world interworking with the real world with technology and organically connect the two worlds to provide users with an equal experience without space gaps,” Seok explained.

The ecosystem leverages several technologies, including artificial intelligence, robots, cloud, digital twin, 5G, autonomous driving, and augmented reality for the purpose.

“The elements that make ARCVERSE up can be one service or a completely new service through convergence,” Seok added. “We hope ARCVERSE will be incorporated into each industry and lead to the birth of infrastructure and services that will make a paradigm shift.”

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