Hyundai has entered into a strategic partnership with Israeli auto tech company, Autotalks. The collaboration is aimed at developing the next generation Vehicle to Everything (V2X) chipset for connected cars. This will result in improved vehicle and road safety, mobility and a vital step toward autonomous driving and potential business opportunities within smart city infrastructure.
Currently, V2X systems use alerts and notifications in manned vehicles to convey important information to the driver while it complements existing car sensors in autonomous vehicles, allowing drivers to make more informed decisions. In addition, the new chipset will enable the autopilot to calculate optimal reactions to certain situations in advance. If necessary, the system will be able to take control from the driver if they are unable to react in time. The reliable non-line-of-sight sensor will work in all environments and weather conditions, helping to prevent road collisions and avoid dangerous situations.
The technology and new partnership will improve the accuracy and safety of the autopilot feature that Hyundai wants to install in their cars. The new chipset will essentially enable the Autonomous control and driver assistance to make the car “look” around corners and “see” through obstacles. While a primary focus is safety, it extends beyond vehicle collisions and includes vehicle and road maintenance as well. It is a necessity for automation especially since self-driving cars will need all the data they can get about their surroundings.
According to Yunseong Hwang, director of open innovation business group at Hyundai, “Connectivity is one of the core technologies that can be applied to smart city business models, as well as autonomous driving and infotainment. Hyundai Motors will continue to invest in disruptive technologies that are in line with Hyundai’s current and future strategic pillars.”
As stated by Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks, “Having a top global car manufacturer such as Hyundai invest directly in Autotalks is not only a vote of confidence in the company, but a testament to the growing V2X market. Hyundai’s pursuit of cutting-edge communication and safety technologies is a perfect match with Autotalks’ leading V2X capabilities. The funding from Hyundai will fuel Autotalks’ technology roadmap as well as support our customers and partners all over the globe.”
Founded in 2008, Autotalks develop hardware and software solutions for Autonomous vehicles in class V2X (Vehicle to Everything). This includes the communication between vehicles (V2V), vehicles and infrastructure (V2I), vehicles and motorcycles (V2M), and vehicles and pedestrians. In June 2017, the Israeli startup teamed up with Bosch to further advance their service offering.
It is no surprise then that Hyundai has partnered with Autotalks. Their shared knowledge, experience and technological prowess could see both companies riding high into the future of autonomous driving.