Hyundai Mobis invests W1.4b in self-driving software training

Hyundai Mobis has started a software training program at a cost of 1.4 billion won ($1.2 million) at its research center in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, to beef up its automotive software professionals by five times by 2025, according to the firm on Sunday.

The auto parts unit of Hyundai Motor Group said it has widened the role of its research and development centers in India and Vietnam to serve as a global base to analyze information collected by the firm’s self-developed automated vehicle.

“In the age of autonomous driving, we need software that functions properly in extreme conditions and protects vehicles from hacking, which is why Mobis has invested in the new program,” Hyundai Mobis said.

Through the software training program, the firm expects to produce about 4,000 automotive software professionals by 2025 from the current 800.

Automotive software developers will also receive mechanical training to design optimized self-driving software, the company noted.

Vehicles are now controlled by software to the tune of about 10 percent, with the remaining relying on hardware, and the ratio will have increased to 30 percent in 2030, according to global consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

Utilizing R&D centers in India and Vietnam, Mobis has been seeking to grow as a global player in developing autonomous driving software.

The role of Mobis’ research center in Hyderabad, a growing tech hub in India, was established in 2007 to test automotive software and has been expanded to put together software for automated driving along with multimedia software, the company said.

Besides analyzing data collected by Mobis’ autonomous car model M.Billy, the research center will also factor in local road conditions to the autonomous driving simulation created there, it added.

14. Juni 2018

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