Autonomous electric mobility takes centre stage at Australia’s leading connected car conference.
Autonomous and connected vehicle technology is advancing in leaps and bounds. Once a thing of sci-fi movies, cars that drive themselves are operating on roads worldwide and are set to totally revolutionise the way we think about transport.
In parallel, cars are increasingly being seen as more than a simple means of transportation with drivers demanding a more seamless, sustainable, accessible and safe experience. This is seeing the rise of mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) with connectivity at the core of making it happen at scale.
In a nutshell, connected cars are designed to provide optimised driving experiences for drivers and their passengers by connecting large amounts of data with externally generated information about real-time traffic conditions, road construction, news, weather and more.
Hyundai has been focused on strengthening our position as a leading player in the connected car sector by deploying more user convenience services for our customers. Our objective is to bring together both autonomous technology with electromobility to change the way the world moves while ensuring we minimise the environmental footprint of the cars we drive.
In August, Hyundai attended Australia’s leading connected vehicle event, the ITS Australia Summit in Brisbane to showcase our advancements in connected cars and discuss some of the exciting technologies and services we have on the horizon.
Talking connected cars at the ITS Conference
Hosted by the peak body for advanced transport technology, ITS Australia, the annual conference brings together representatives from across the intelligent transport sector to discuss the latest trends and developments in connected, autonomous, electric and shared vehicles.
Hyundai had the opportunity to display our much-admired IONIQ 5 battery electric vehicle (BEV) and the ground-breaking NEXO fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the event which were eagerly explored by enthusiastic attendees.
In August, the IONIQ 5 robotaxi service was officially launched for public use in Las Vegas. Today, passengers on the Lyft network can catch an IONIQ 5 autonomous vehicle when traveling between popular locations on the Las Vegas strip.
The launch is the next milestone in the lead-up to Motional and Lyft’s fully driverless service, planning to begin in 2023 and scaling to multiple U.S. cities.
Hyundai has also launched the service in Seoul, South Korea. The city’s mayor and a government minister were among the first passengers to experience the ‘RoboRide’ autonomous taxi service as they were taken along a route in the bustling Gangnam district in June 2022.
Hyundai has set the commercialisation of robotaxis as a new business goal as part of our objective to enable more people to move freely, anywhere and anytime.
We’re building our robotaxis to serve a range of different users worldwide, such as busy families who need extra transport; professionals who can benefit from repurposing their commute time to be more productive; and the elderly and disabled who lack accessible transportation options.
Elevating our lives through connected and sustainable aviation
The ITS conference also saw Hyundai present on other initiatives we are pursuing in the connected and sustainable vehicle space. Among the most ambitious of these is urban air mobility which Hyundai sees as an opportunity to free future cities and people from the constraints of time and distance.
Together with Rolls-Royce, Hyundai plans to address emissions in the aviation sector and lead the way in the Advanced Air Mobility market with connectivity a key part of making sustainable aviation a reality.
The partnership will leverage Rolls-Royce’s aviation and certification capabilities and Hyundai Motor Group’s hydrogen fuel cell technologies and industrialisation capability.
Through our collaboration we will work towards delivering battery-electric and fuel cell electric solutions to the Urban Air Mobility and Regional Air Mobility markets and advancing ecofriendly aviation.
Enhanced connectivity the key to a sustainable transport future
At Hyundai, we recognise the role of connected cars in creating less crowded cities and less climate change and so at the conference we reiterated that autonomy and electric vehicles must be developed hand in hand.
On the connectivity front, to further enhance the driving experience of our customers and so we are pursuing a number of global goals to improve the connectivity and autonomy of our vehicles for a more, including:
- Accelerating commercialisation of fully autonomous Level 4 and 5 driving technologies
- Applying remote autonomous parking function, which parks a car by itself without its driver needing to do anything, to all our vehicles in 2024
- Beginning in 2024, planning to commercialise a Level 4 autonomous driving system in smart cities, moving up to a fully autonomous driving mode by 2030
Through these developments, we aim to open up a world of greater freedom of mobility for everyone - regardless of age or income.
In short, the ITS Australia Summit demonstrated that the future of connected cars in this country is a bright one with the country home to some of the world’s leading innovators in the space as well as proactive governments actively integrating this technology into their transport networks.
At Hyundai, we’re excited about doing our part to shape Australia’s transport future and look forward to rolling out more exciting technology over the coming years.