Hyundai auto group forges partnership with Singapore's Singtel

By Lim Chang-won Posted : March 23, 2021, 10:33 Updated : March 23, 2021, 10:33

[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]

SEOUL -- South Korea's Hyundai auto group partnered with Singtel, a Singapore telecom group, to cooperate in supporting smart manufacturing and connectivity for electric vehicle battery subscription services. They would develop and pilot a 5G-enabled smart factory use case for an intelligent manufacturing platform and potentially scale it up for deployment across Hyundai’s plants.

Hyundai said its expertise in developing innovative automotive and manufacturing solutions would be combined with Singtel’s capabilities in 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and info-communications technologies and solutions to develop advanced digital solutions.

"Hyundai is delighted to work with Singtel, implementing next-generation communication solutions that will enhance mobility experiences for our customers," Jung Hong-bum, senior vice president at Hyundai's innovation center in Singapore, said in a statement on March 23. The auto group is building an innovation center called HMGICS in Singapore to conduct studies on future mobility and explore innovative solutions, services and disruptive technologies.

Hyundai and Singtel would work on an IoT communications solution for electric vehicles in Singapore. The auto group said the IoT system enables Hyundai to monitor the telemetry, or automatic data transmission, of the real-time status and performance of batteries. Telemetry is the in situ collection of measurements or other data at remote points and their automatic transmission to receiving equipment for monitoring.

"Our collaboration with Hyundai Motor is timely given the Singapore Government’s decision to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040 and the recent budget announcement on new policies to encourage more Singaporeans to switch to driving electric vehicles," said Andrew Lim, managing director of Singtel's government and large enterprise.

Hyundai's center in Singapore would feature a landing port for urban air mobility and use eco-friendly energy sources like solar and hydrogen to help achieve carbon neutrality. Logistics and assembly lines will be highly automated. Singaporean universities, startups and research institutes can collaborate through the center's open innovation lab.
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