In an announcement on Tuesday, Hyundai Motor said that they would partner with Cisco Systems to develop Internet-connected car technology.
This innovation is part of the automaker’s attempt to develop “high-performing computers on wheels.”
The partnership is not a huge surprise. Recently auto and tech firms have been using their respective expertise to expand services that allow cars to hook up to the internet. Technological advancements that would make the self-driving car possible would be heavily dependent on such technology.
One such alliance is Toyota Motor Corporation’s expansion of a five-year-old partnership with Microsoft to develop new Internet connected vehicle services. Microsoft also has had a relationship with Ford, which uses the Azure cloud platform to support the latest Sync 3 infotainment system.
While the exact technology to be utilized in these new computer cars is unknown, highly sophisticated programs and software are sure to make the cut. With nearly 35% of IT services today delivered totally, or partially, by cloud computing, massive remote servers are sure to play some role in the new internet surfing cars.
The Vice Chairman of Hyundai, Chung Eui-sun, met with Cisco Chief Executive Chuck Robbins in Seoul to discuss the development of an in-vehicle technology for the high-speed transfer of information.
This concentration on high speed data transfer is consistent with Cisco’s expertise in network connectivity and the Internet of Things. Some possibilities include systems allowing for better interface between smartphones and in-car software, like traffic alerts and remote vehicle control.
Hyundai said in a statement, “The cooperation is part of Hyundai Motor’s wider strategy to establish an industry-leading connected car platform through collaboration with leading technology partners.”