Hyundai unveils plan for ‘connected car’
The nation’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor has announced its roadmap to develop a connected car equipped with Internet access and usually also with a wireless local area network to provide additional features.
According to a Hyundai Motor official, Tuesday, it will collaborate with leading global IT and networking companies to develop its “Hyper-connected and Intelligent Car” concept, with R&D focused on providing new value and efficiency for customers.
“A car is not just a means of transportation but a hub in the driver’s life with values,” said a Hyundai official.
Under the slogan “Car to Life,” Hyundai Motor said it will introduce the era of connectivity within vehicles, as cars are increasingly at the center of our lifestyles. This initiative is intended to provide users with a hub of surrounding knowledge, plus the ability to analyze and utilize information.
The company’s roadmap includes four main service fields that will take cars to a new level: smart remote maintenance services, autonomous driving, smart traffic and a connected mobility hub.
The smart remote maintenance service will remotely diagnose and fix vehicle issues before they become apparent, while autonomous driving provides utmost safety by connecting the vehicle to infrastructure.
Smart traffic reduces congestion, travel time and social costs by considering traffic and road conditions. The connected mobility hub will feature a computing system that makes interactions with the car and its surroundings smarter, an official said.
In the short to medium term, Hyundai Motor will concentrate on technologies related to smartphone connectivity and smart home services. In order to incorporate increasingly complex features in its roadmap, Hyundai will prioritize early investment in these selected areas, an official added.