Hyundai & Cisco Will Deliver Over-the-Air Updates in 2019

In 2016, Hyundai Motor Company and Cisco announced a new partnership to develop a connected car platform with a focus on security and the optimization of data flow, both in and out of a vehicle and within it.

“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 vice chairman Euisun Chung said at the time. “This collaboration will be a chance to bring closer the Hyundai Motor-led future of connected cars and shift paradigms of new mobility.”

Less than two years later, at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the two companies announced that they are close to delivering on the promise of an entirely new connected car platform that is flexible, secure, highly configurable, and designed not just to accommodate innovation, but actively encourage it.

In 2019, Hyundai and Cisco plan to unveil a jointly developed connected car based on this platform.

“Cisco is pleased to bring a standards-based approach in partnership with the automotive industry; one that will help accelerate innovation and increase the value to the consumer,” Cisco Vice President Ruba Borno wrote in a statement. “By creating a flexible, scalable, and secure platform, we are allowing automotive companies to deliver better cars — faster.”

Cisco and Hyundai say that the key to the platform is an emphasis on what they call Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) architecture, a method of design that ensures the ability to reconfigure and build upon the platform in the future. This is one of the most important characteristics a modern vehicle platform can possess, as the lightning-fast speed of technological change and growth in the connected car space guarantees substantial adjustments to vehicle software with each passing year.

One of the most important ways that Hyundai and Cisco are making the platform so flexible going forward is by incorporating over-the-air (OTA) updates.

As Jeremy Kaplan at Digital Trends reports, infotainment systems will be the first element of Hyundai and Cisco’s collaborative vehicle to receive OTA updates. Due to their obviously sensitive nature, safety updates will only be deployed once they are 100% effective.

“The fact that all electronic devices can hear — are hearing — everything we say, and all the devices are able to see us, hear us, and interact with us,” Hyundai Design Center EVP Luc Donckerwolke told Kaplan. “We have to think about all that as designer… it’s a question we have to address.”

The next generation of the connected car is dependent upon the forthcoming arrival of 5G connectivity, something that promises to bring far greater speeds to mobile networks. With its platform reportedly capable of handling data transmission speeds of 1 gigabyte per second, Hyundai and Cisco platform are primed to take advantage of the technology as soon as it arrives.

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