SEOUL, Jul. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said Thursday its navigation application, “T map,” will alert drivers to the presence of nearby ambulances and fire trucks in cases of emergency starting next week.
In partnership with the National Fire Agency and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the mobile carrier said its app will notify users if they are driving on routes of ambulances and fire trucks that are on their way to scenes of accidents.
All users will automatically receive such alerts, starting Monday, when driving on expressways nationwide.
The fire agency’s information system will send the destination to SK Telecom’s server, and the mobile carrier will recommend the quickest route and alert all drivers along the way, the mobile carrier said.
Drivers will be alerted twice when ambulances and fire trucks are within 300-1,500 meters from vehicles.
SK Telecom said T map boasts a whopping 11 million active monthly users. The update is expected to help the fire agency significantly cut the time needed to make it to the scenes of accidents.