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Hyundai expands vehicle software development
- April 16, 2020
Hyundai is set to expand its technical centre in India to strengthen software development for future autonomous vehicles. The company’s Indian technology centre is responsible for development and validation of the company’s automotive software.
Hyundai Mobis announced that it will establish a second technical centre in a new IT complex near its existing centre in Hyderabad, India. The company said in a statement that automobile software development has “recently been growing exponentially”. The move is intended to “secure supply stability”.
The centre currently employs over 700 specialists in software and computing technology. The centre focuses on automotive electronic parts, such as IVI applications, airbag control units (ACUs), electronic braking systems (MEB5) and the AUTOSAR platform.
The new centre will focus on the development of control logic for autonomous driving and parking and recognition algorithms for autonomous driving sensors (camera, radar, lidar). The company is aiming to improve the accuracy of autonomous driving sensor data by developing a deep learning-based image recognition algorithm and a signal processing algorithm, while also developing control logic to support mass production.
The company also plans to develop software performance improvement tools to improve the reliability of autonomous driving software. This includes creating databases on image recognition algorithm learning through PC-based virtual environment simulation of various driving situations. This is expected to upgrade the autonomous driving control algorithm and strengthen software development capabilities through more efficient analysis of radar/lidar sensor data.
Hyundai has an R&D network that includes Korea, the US, Germany, China and India, with a total of over 5,000 R&D employees.
The North American centre focuses on the development of elemental technologies for autonomous driving, including automatic lane change logic and driver status evaluation logic. The European centre focuses on the development of core algorithms for autonomous driving, such as camera and radar sensors. The Chinese centre plays a role as a locally specialised R&D centre with global competitiveness, working on custom products for global OE customers. The Korean centre, as the company’s R&D headquarter, establishes technical roadmaps and strategies, and leads technical development for future vehicles in cooperation with overseas technical centres.
Hyundai Mobis also runs ‘Mobis Ventures’, an ‘open innovation’ centre, in Silicon Valley, the US, and Shenzhen, China, in an effort to discover global startups.