Hyundai Motor Group has announced that it is teaming up with Cisco Systems to develop new internet-connected car technology. The move is part of the vehicle manufacturer’s ‘Connected Car Roadmap’ that it hopes will lead to the creation of “high-performing computers on wheels.”
In a meeting between Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun, the pair agreed on a collaboration which they hope will ultimately lead to the development of the “hyper-connected and intelligent car” concept.
"Future connected cars will open new innovations in quality, safety and security, as never before. By expanding time and space, more safety will be guaranteed for our customers. Hyundai Motor will provide new value that goes beyond our customers' expectations in safety, quality and security through cooperating with Cisco," said Chung. "This collaboration will be a chance to bring closer the Hyundai Motor-led future of connected cars and shift paradigms of new mobility."
Hyundai's long-term plan is to introduce advanced connected features to its vehicles, including smart remote maintenance services that can diagnose and fix problems, autonomous driving that will improve driver safety by connecting to city infrastructure and networks, Smart Traffic controls for reducing congestion, and a Mobility Hub that will link everything together.
In the shorter term, the company will be focusing on technologies related to smartphone connectivity and Smart Home services. According to a company press release, Hyundai's main area of R&D focus will be “in-vehicle networks for high-speed transfer of large amounts of data, and cloud technology to collect vehicle data and provide computing power.”
The biggest potential problem with this new technology, of course, is that as more vehicles become connected, the greater the threat from hackers. Last month, the FBI issued a public service announcement warning drivers to take suitable precautions when it came to protecting smart vehicle systems from “cybersecurity threats.”