Hyundai has presented its road map for connected car development, announcing that it will collaborate with leading global IT and networking companies to develop its “Hyper-connected and Intelligent Car” concept, with research and development (R&D) focused on bringing new values and efficiencies to customers.
Hyundai says it plans to embark on a new era of connecting the “Car to Life,” as cars are increasingly at the center of our lifestyles. This initiative will provide users with a hub of knowledge, plus the ability to analyze and utilize all information to enhance owner’s lives. The “Hyper-connected and Intelligent Car” goes beyond converging communications technology and is the vehicle to become a “High-Performing Computer on Wheels.” This is a concept of connecting the car to other cars, the office and the city. In other words, Hyundai will connect cars to life.
The road map outlines four main service fields that will help develop smarter cars that can receive and utilize data faster than ever before. The mid- to long-term development focus includes smart remote maintenance services, autonomous driving, Smart Traffic and a connected Mobility Hub that provides security and data management for all elements of the connected car.
Hyundai outlines these four main services fields as providing the following benefits:
- The smart remote maintenance service will remotely diagnose and fix vehicle issues before they become apparent;
- Autonomous driving provides the utmost safety by connecting a vehicle to city and road infrastructure;
- Smart Traffic reduces congestion, speeds up journeys and minimizes social costs by considering traffic and road conditions; and
- The connected Mobility Hub will feature a mobile hub with strong computing power to make daily life and interaction with the car and its surroundings smarter.
In the short- to mid-term, the Hyundai Motor Group will concentrate on technologies related to smartphone connectivity and Smart Home Services while establishing the core infrastructure that will provide the foundation for future developments.
The main areas of R&D focus include in-vehicle networks for high-speed transfer of large amounts of data and cloud technology to collect vehicle data and provide computing power. Hyundai will also research big data analytics that will allow large data sets to be used effectively, and it will invest in connected car security, essential for protecting the integrity of a complicated platform hosting varying technologies.