Hyundai sets out roadmap for hyper-connectivity

By CARSIFU | 5 April 2016

SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Group has presented its roadmap for connected car development, paving the way for new innovations in vehicle connectivity.

It will work with leading global IT and networking companies to develop its "Hyper-connected and Intelligent Car" concept, with research and development focused on improving the lives of customers.

Hyundai said the main idea is to "connect cars to life". It goes beyond converging communications technology and the vehicle; it would be a concept of connecting the car to other cars, the office and to the city.

The roadmap outlines four main service fields that will help develop smarter, more intelligent cars that can receive and use data faster than ever before. The mid- to long-term development focus includes a range of key features, including: 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.

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More specifically, the smart remote maintenance service will remotely diagnose and fix vehicle issues before they become apparent. Autonomous driving provides 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. Lastly, 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, Hyundai Motor Group will concentrate on technologies related to smartphone connectivity and Smart Home Services, while setting up the core infrastructure that will provide the foundation for future developments. In order to include increasingly complex features in its roadmap, Hyundai will prioritize early investment in these selected areas.

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.

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