Hyundai wants all of its vehicles to support over-the-air updates by 2025

While Hyundai has already had some success with its Ioniq range, it has far bigger plans for its EV future – including taking a side from Tesla when it comes to software updates. The automaker just unveiled a new roadmap in which it says it will invest $12.6 billion to transform its lineup into “software defined vehicles” (SDVs) across brands.

As part of this, it is developing new platforms and a new Connected Car Operating System (CCOS). The company wants all of its vehicles (both ICE and EV) to be over-the-air (OTA) enabled by 2025, and expects to have 20 million connected vehicles on the road by that time.

The first leg in Hyundai’s plans are two new EV platforms called eM and eS for Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles, based on the Integrated Modular Architecture (IMA) announced earlier this year. The eM platform will be used for consumer EVs across all segments and offers 50 percent more range on one charge than current models, according to Hyundai. It will also support level 3 and higher self-driving levels. Meanwhile, the eS platform is designed for logistics, deliveries and other business areas.

The idea is to have more modularity and standardization for components like batteries and motors to streamline production and reduce costs. Crucially, Hyundai can also use the same vehicle controller across brands and segments, enabling OTA software and Feature on Demand (FoD) upgrades.

Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai Motor Group

Another important part of the roadmap is the software platform. The group will use what Hyundai is calling the Connected Car Operating System (ccOS), which will be applied to all controllers and will use “extremely high processing power”. To achieve this, it is working with NVIDIA to load an optimized version of ccOS onto NVIDIA DRIVE, its next-generation chipset for autonomous driving and other vehicle features.

Speaking of which, it also plans to push its autonomous driving technology. The ccOS operating system is a key element in this, processing all the data collected by vehicle-mounted cameras, radars and LiDARs. Hyundai hopes to soon be able to use ccOS to commercialize Level 3 vehicles and move to Level 4 and 5 “in due course”.

“This year, the group will apply an advanced Highway Driving Pilot (HDP) on the Genesis G90, a Level 3 autonomous driving technology based on the second-generation integrated controller,” said Woongjun Jang, chief of autonomous driving at Hyundai Group is also developing its Remote Parking Pilot (RPP) for level 3 autonomous driving.”

To achieve all of this, Hyundai Group plans to invest 18 trillion won (US$12.6 billion) by 2030, which will go towards building a global software center and will flow into research. “This will put the group at the forefront of delivering entirely new mobility solutions as society changes, modes of transport evolve and software-defined vehicles become commonplace,” the press release reads.

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