Hyundai Motor Group, including its Hyundai, Genesis and Kia brands, has announced a new global strategy to have all group vehicles become software-defined vehicles (SDV) – and increasingly electric – by 2025. Hardware needs to be further standardized for this purpose.
Starting in 2023, all new Hyundai Group vehicles will be able to receive software updates over the air. By 2025, all group vehicles sold worldwide will be supported by the software. Hyundai also wants to reach 20 million vehicle registrations with Connected Car Services (CCS) by this time.
In 2025, the company will also introduce vehicles based on two new EV platforms: eM for passenger cars and eS for special vehicles. The platforms will be developed based on the Integrated Modular Architecture (IMA) system.
According to the statement, the eM platform will serve as the basis for electric vehicles "in all segments" (i.e. from small cars to five-meter sedans and SUVs) and will offer a 50 percent discount, as well as a range higher than the group's current electric vehicles. Compared to the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 e-GMP vehicles, the WLTP range will be approximately 750 kilometers for the mid-size crossover and 900 kilometers for the mid-size sedan using the WLTP method, which are currently 507 and 610 kilometers, respectively. The eM platform is expected to allow OTA software updates and is also being developed to support Level 3 or higher autonomous driving technologies.
The eS platform is a platform exclusively for use in dedicated electric vehicles (PBVs). It has a flexible structure to meet business requirements and provide customized solutions for delivery, logistics or sharing services.
The software was featured in a global online forum called "Unlock the Software Age". By 2025, a standalone operating system called the Connected Vehicle Operating System (ccOS) should be developed for electric vehicles, which will then enable wide-ranging OTA functions. To this end, the group plans to invest a total of about 13 billion euros by 2030, including in a new global software centre.