Hyundai joins forces with Cisco to develop connected-car tech image

Hyundai is pushing forward with its plan to develop connected-car technologies, teaming up with Cisco Systems.

The South Korean automaker revealed earlier this month its roadmap for the development of smarter future technologies that would supposedly make drivers’ lives much easier behind the wheel. Many other automakers have lately announced their increased focus on vehicle connectivity, thus entering into a collaboration with leading global IT and networking companies to develop hyper-connected and intelligent cars. In this direction, Hyundai already found a partner to take connected-technology one step further, namely Cisco Systems. Hyundai said Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun met Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins in Seoul and agreed to co-develop in-vehicle network technology for high-speed transfer of large amounts of data. “The cooperation is part of Hyundai Motor’s wider strategy to establish an industry-leading connected car platform through collaboration with leading technology partners,” it was said in a statement.

Among other such alliances, Toyota recently said it would form a new division to boost the company’s know-how in the fields of data management and data services development, expanding its long-term partnership with Microsoft to create the Toyota Connected company. Cars’ connectivity features are mainly important in the development of self-driving cars, a race in which Hyundai alongside Kia have set a target of introducing first semi-autonomous techs by 2020 and fully self-driving cars by 2030.