A com­puter on wheels

The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY -

HYUNDAI Mo­tor Group has pre­sented its road map for con­nected car devel­op­ment, paving the way for new in­no­va­tions in ve­hi­cle con­nec­tiv­ity.

Hyundai will col­lab­o­rate with lead­ing global IT and net­work­ing com­pa­nies to de­velop its “Hyper­con­nected and In­tel­li­gent Car” con­cept, with re­search and devel­op­ment fo­cused on bring­ing new val­ues and ef­fi­cien­cies to the lives of cus­tomers.

Along with the road map, Hyundai Mo­tor Group plans to em­bark on a new era of con­nect­ing the “Car to Life”, as cars are in­creas­ingly at the cen­tre of our life­styles. This ini­tia­tive will pro­vide users with a hub of knowl­edge, plus the abil­ity to an­a­lyse and utilise all in­for­ma­tion to en­hance own­ers’ lives.

The Hy­per-con­nected and In­tel­li­gent Car goes be­yond con­verg­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy and the ve­hi­cle, to be­com­ing a high-per­form­ing com­puter on wheels.

This is a con­cept of con­nect­ing the car to other cars, the of­fice and to the city. In other words, Hyundai will con­nect cars to life.

The road map out­lines four main ser­vice fields that will help de­velop more in­tel­li­gent cars that can re­ceive and utilise data faster than 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.

More specif­i­cally, the smart re­mote main­te­nance ser­vice will re­motely di­ag­nose and fix ve­hi­cle is­sues be­fore they be­come ap­par­ent. Au­ton­o­mous driv­ing pro­vides ut­most safety by con­nect­ing the ve­hi­cle to city and road in­fra­struc­ture. Smart Traf­fic re­duces con­ges­tion, speeds up jour­neys and min­imises 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 midterm, 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. In or­der to in­cor­po­rate in­creas­ingly com­plex fea­tures in its road map, Hyundai will pri­ori­tise early in­vest­ment in these se­lected ar­eas.

The main ar­eas of the re­search and devel­op­ment fo­cus in­clude in-ve­hi­cle net­works for high­speed 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.

Hyundai will bring the fu­ture of con­nected cars closer by code­vel­op­ing con­nected car tech­nolo­gies through open in­no­va­tion col­lab­o­ra­tions with global com­pa­nies.

The con­nected car road map will con­cen­trate on in­dus­try lead­ing re­search and devel­op­ment to fos­ter new tal­ents that will change the way cus­tomers in­ter­act with their cars and the world around them.

With pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in this field, Hyundai Mo­tor Group has al­ready es­tab­lished the Cloud sys­tem, which puts the core in­fra­struc­ture of con­nected cars into place. Mean­while, a group of data sci­en­tists has helped Hyundai to spe­cialise in data an­a­lyt­ics since 2013.

The com­pany is us­ing big data in var­i­ous ar­eas to en­hance re­search and devel­op­ment and prod­ucts, and also to gather cus­tomers’ opin­ions.

The car is the last fron­tier to bridge the miss­ing link in fu­ture con­nected life. Hyundai Mo­tor Group’s con­nected car road map will ac­cel­er­ate the devel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies that help place mo­bil­ity at the cen­tre of cus­tomers’ lives.

Hyundai out­lines its road map for con­nected cars that can re­ceive and use data faster than be­fore

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Hyundai IT en­gi­neers test a ve­hi­cle’s abil­ity to hy­per con­nect.

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