Hyundai Launching R&D Center in Silicon Valley

Hyundai component-making unit Hyundai Mobis is opening its first research and development center, M.Cube, in Silicon Valley.

The automaker says it plans to use M.Cube as a base to develop relationships with start-ups making significant technological breakthroughs in autonomous driving, connectivity, and vehicular security. It plans to grant these start-ups access to its “expertise in core auto components and infrastructure”, in exchange for use of the tech they develop in its future vehicles. Hyundai Mobis senior vice-president Jeong Soo-kyeong said the unit would “actively support” start-ups “with our R&D capabilities such as self-driving and connectivity”.

Mobis has also said its existing M.Cube center in Shenzhen, China will be launched next year, and will primarily focus on research into AI and connectivity. It will also increase collaboration with Hyundai’s CRADLE unit on mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) and smart city connectivity products in Europe and Asia. It claims to expect collaboration between M.Cube and other research centers in countries including South Korea.

Hyundai already has research institutes in South Korea, China, Vietnam, India, North America, and Germany, and claims to be conducting R&D at each of them into tech that is “customized” to the host territory.


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