Auto component manufacturer Hyundai Mobis has announced a strategic partnership with Israeli semiconductor company Autotalks Ltd. to jointly develop cutting-edge 5G network-based vehicle-to-everything (V2X) integrated control technology, aimed at enhancing the safety aspects of autonomous vehicles.
The subsidiary of South Korea's automotive giant, Hyundai Motor Group, is set to begin work on advanced technologies in line with the latest specifications of the 5G-based V2X international standard. This initiative is scheduled to start later this year, with plans to introduce the technology to the global market by 2024, according to Hyundai Mobis.
The 5G V2X technology facilitates seamless real-time data exchange among vehicles, surrounding infrastructure, networks, and pedestrians. It serves as a foundational element for the fourth level of self-driving capabilities, characterized by full autonomy, with the provision for a human driver to intervene if necessary.
Autotalks' V2X technology places a strong emphasis on safety, applicable to both traditional human-operated vehicles and autonomous ones. This sentiment aligns with US semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc., which announced its intention to acquire Autotalks in May, although the financial details of the acquisition remain undisclosed.
This collaboration builds on the existing strategic alliance formed between Hyundai Motor Co. and Autotalks in 2018, with the aim of expediting the development of advanced chipsets tailored for the next generation of connected vehicles.
In the context of self-driving vehicles, the role of 5G V2X technology is critical. Unmanned vehicles require the ability to perceive their surroundings and exert precise control over the driving process. In comparison, conventional advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) rely on sensor-based alerts without an active controlling mechanism, as highlighted by Hyundai Mobis.
The integration of 5G V2X technology is also expected to contribute to accident reduction. By allowing drivers to observe vehicles and pedestrians within blind spots through in-car videos, an overall improvement in road safety is anticipated.
Hyundai Mobis has expressed its strategic vision of solidifying its leadership role in the global autonomous vehicle landscape. This involves promoting the production of automotive modules and integrating telematics technology with V2X capabilities.
Concurrently, the company is expediting the advancement of telematics technology, which utilizes mobile communication networks to transmit vehicle data to an external control center, enhancing safety and convenience.