Hyundai announced at a global online forum that by 2025 its entire line of cars will become “software-defined”. To achieve this goal, Hyundai Group is investing $12.6 billion by 2030 in a plan involving work on several projects that will allow all its cars to be updated by air and easily unlock new features.
The new upgrade opportunity will not be limited to electric vehicles only and, according to the automaker, will help them maintain their value. Because updates are easier to enter and receive, cars will remain more modern as they age. In addition, Hyundai said it will introduce an on-demand service next year. This will allow customers to subscribe to features and pay for them as needed.
“The automaker says it will collect huge amounts of data from its connected car services, which will allow it to offer new personalized services and features.”
Hyundai is also working on a couple of new platforms for electric vehicles, which it will introduce in 2025. The eM and eS platforms will underpin the new passenger and commercial vehicles, respectively.
Platforms with a high degree of standardization will become the basis for all cars of the brand and simplify the production of cars. They will also offer a 50 percent increase in range compared to current generation electric vehicles and will be capable of autonomous driving level 3 or higher.
The platforms will be complemented by the Connected Car Operating system (CCOs) developed within the group, which maximizes the performance of the equipment due to high computing power and a new data platform. This power will be provided by NVIDIA, with which Hyundai has been working since 2015. Better computing will allow it to achieve its autonomous goals.
Hyundai plans to use this technology to go beyond just improving car rides. The brand is working on new mobile devices, such as flying machines and Robotaxi. To this end, it will also open a new Global Software Center to be ahead of the market.