Cisco and Hyundai have joined forces to work on a connected car project that will create "high-performing computers on wheels”, according to the carmaker.
Hyundai vice chairman Chung Eui-sun explained that the partnership will look to push research and development in connected car technology.
“This collaboration will be a chance to bring closer the Hyundai Motor-led future of connected cars and to shift paradigms of new mobility,” he said.
Hyundai did not shed much light on the type of car technology that will be involved in the collaboration.
But Hyundai has a long-term plan to develop autonomous car systems in much the same way as technology companies like Google and carmakers such as Volvo and Mercedes, so it would be no surprise to see the partnership with Cisco push this development further.
However, Hyundai said that the company will focus in the near-term on in-vehicle technology for high-speed data transfers. This is likely to tap into Cisco's network connectivity and Internet of Things expertise and technology to find ways to build out and create new connected car services.
These could include systems that allow a better interface between smartphones and in-car infotainment systems, developing more smart and internet-connected services, such as traffic alerts, remote vehicle control and smart hubs, and making better use of the data that cars generate.
Partnerships between automotive and technology companies are becoming increasingly common as consumer expectations and the opportunity to add services push more connected technology into cars.
Toyota recently partnered with Microsoft to develop cloud-powered connected car technology, and the latter has long had an arrangement with Ford, which uses the Azure cloud platform to support the rollout of the company’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system.
More partnerships are likely to occur as car companies look to develop autonomous driving systems with the help of technology firms with expertise in connectivity, smart systems, and data collection and analysis.
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