Hyundai plans OTA updates for all its cars by 2025

  • Hyundai has rolled out a roadmap for its software-defined vehicles.
  • The South Korean automaker is definitely taking a Tesla approach to things.
  • Hyundai’s connected car services could see up to 20 million vehicles registered by 2025.

The adage is that every business is digital these days. The same is true for automakers in particular, with electrification, entertainment and subscription models taking hold across the automotive industry. As far as Hyundai is concerned, the software seems to play a key role.

This comes as the South Korean company recently unpacked a roadmap for the immediate future that appears to be taking a page out of Tesla’s playbook. Hyundai announces plans to invest up to $12.6 billion to transform its vehicle lineup into software-defined offerings.

Here, Hyundai announced “a new global strategy to transform all vehicles into software-defined vehicles (SDVs) by 2025. The industry-leading initiative, presented at the group’s conference Unlock the software era global online forum, will deliver an unprecedented era of mobility, giving customers the freedom to remotely improve the performance and functionality of their vehicles, anywhere and anytime.

“The Group also shared its plans to transform the customer experience throughout the life of the vehicle and deliver a new era of mobility through ever-evolving software technology,” it added in a statement. hurry.

Hyundai is developing a connected car operating system (CCOS) that it plans to run on new software and entertainment platforms within its vehicles, such as the combustion engine-powered NVIDIA DRIVE and EV.

By 2025, technologies such as OTA (Over-The-Air) updates will be available on all its cars that can support it, and it expects 20 million people to be connected by that time. aforementioned.

So it looks like Hyundai sees its future vehicles as being more mobility platforms than the conventional modes of transportation we know today.

“The Group will also invest heavily in software technology to integrate hardware and software technologies and improve and internalize the capabilities of mobility technologies. By 2030, the Group plans to invest 18 trillion won in resources, including the creation of a new global software center to strengthen its software capabilities and accelerate the development of software-defined vehicles,” the press release adds.

With the brand firmly established in South Africa, it remains to be seen if any of these connected vehicles will hit local roads by 2025.

While this is an ambitious plan, if it proves successful, we won’t be surprised to see other automakers moving in the same direction, as software capabilities become as big a consideration as power or safety ratings.

You can watch Hyundai’s presentation on its new software-defined vehicle plan in the video below.


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