Hyundai maps out route to connected cars future
Between testing autonomous driving tech and unveiling a new line of electrified vehicles, Hyundai appears to be very much focused on the future. Indeed, it has now announced what it calls a "roadmap for connected car development," which involves R&D to change the way drivers interact with vehicles.
Among the planned fruits of the roadmap are said to be in-vehicle networking, cloud connectivity, harnessing big data and connected car security. Hyundai says it plans to collaborate with leading global IT and networking companies to develop a "Hyper-connected and Intelligent Car" concept. Citing the increasing role of the car in our lifestyles, the firm is also planning to investigate ways in which it can connect cars to aspects of our lives.
The roadmap incorporates four main areas in which Hyundai plans to develop cars that are smarter, more intelligent and can transfer data faster than ever before. The most familiar of these are autonomous driving and smart traffic technologies, which navigate a vehicle safely by communicating with city and road infrastructure and adjust journeys based on road conditions to minimize congestion, travel time and costs, respectively.
In addition, though, "smart remote maintenance services" are to be developed, which are aimed at remotely diagnosing and fixing vehicle issues before they become apparent, while a powerful mobility hub will be aimed at making interaction with vehicles smarter. The hub will also provides security and data management services for vehicles.
In the short- to mid-term, Hyundai says it will focus on smartphone-related connectivity and smart home services. It will also develop infrastructure upon which it can base connected technologies in the future. Research and development will be carried out in the areas of in-vehicle networks for high-speed data, cloud technology for vehicle data collection and computing power provision and analytics for making effective use of large data sets.