Hyundai Motor has begun a strategic partnership with Autotalks, a technology company that specializes in the manufacturing of Vehicle to Everything – sometimes stylized as “V2X” – communication chipsets. V2X technology allows vehicles to communicate with each other, as well as road users and infrastructure.
Officials say the strategic partnership comes as a result of a direct investment from Hyundai to accelerate the development and eventual deployment of V2X technology for autonomous cars.
In human-operated vehicles, V2X systems relay important information in the form of alerts and notifications, and can also actuate the vehicle in dangerous situations. In self-driving vehicles, V2X complements existing sensors, allowing them to make more informed decisions on busy roads.
“Connectivity is one of the core technologies that can be applied to smart city business models, as well as autonomous driving and infotainment,” explained Yunseong Hwang, director of open innovation business group at Hyundai Motor Company.
“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,” added Hagai Zyss, Autotalks CEO. “Hyundai’s pursuit of cutting-edge communication and safety technologies is a perfect match with Autotalks’ leading V2X capabilities.”
Earlier this year, Hyundai announced a strategic partnership with Aurora to bring self-driving vehicles to the market by 2021. The automaker was already granted a licence in Nevada in 2015 to test automated vehicles on the state’s public roads, and last year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Hyundai publicly demonstrated their autonomous technology.
“Hyundai Motor will continue to invest in disruptive technologies that are in line with Hyundai’s current and future strategic pillars,” Hwang said.