South Korean automotive conglomerate Hyundai Motor Group will integrate its connected car service brands from each unit into one to meet growing demand for advanced connected car services that have become a key feature consumers consider when purchasing of cars.
According to industry sources on Monday, Hyundai Motor’s Bluelink, Kia’s UVO and Genesis Connected Services will soon be managed under a single brand of connected services to allow Hyundai, Kia and Genesis drivers to connect the infotainment system of their vehicles to a unified smartphone app for remote control. doors, windows and the vehicle’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
Hyundai Motor Group launched its first connected car service Mozen, which was also the country’s first telematics service, in 2003. Then Hyundai Motor and Kia launched their own connected car service brands in 2012, and Genesis in 2017.
It’s unclear when the Korean auto giant will launch its unique brand of connected car services, but it won’t be long as it has set a goal of getting 10 million member users of its connected car services. This year. It now offers the service in Korea, the United States, China, Canada, India, Europe and Russia and plans to expand the service coverage to all countries in the world. Under the program, Hyundai Motor Group has partnered with US chipmaker Nvidia to deploy its advanced in-car infotainment system in all its new vehicles.
Over-the-air update is now available for almost all finished vehicles from Hyundai, Kia and Genesis. Software updates for car repair and maintenance only need to be done manually at each brand’s service center, except Genesis’ first all-electric GV60 SUV with over-the-air update option as part of the first regulatory sandbox case.
End-to-end automakers are actively pursuing an integrated connected car service for their brands. Porsche recently launched an integrated My Porsche app in 25 languages for 47 countries to allow drivers to remotely control and check fueling/charging conditions, range, current location and more of all released Porsche models. after 2016.
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor plans to launch its own operating system dubbed Arene by 2025 to handle advanced operations such as autonomous driving, battery management, entertainment and navigation. Its subsidiaries such as Subaru, as well as its independent startup vendors and developers will be able to use Arene in the future, and Toyota is currently considering a licensing model to make its Arene automotive software platform available to other automakers to generate income.
By Seo Jin-woo and Lee Ha-yeon
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