Next-generation Hyundai and Kia cars will be equipped with an infotainment system that will connect to your phone and your home.
Charlie Bullis • Hyundai and Kia have joined the list of car companies to introduce over-the-air updates on future vehicles, among the list of new features its next-generation infotainment system – developed in partnership with computing giant Nvidia – will offer.
The Korean car giant is yet to outline the capabilities of the new tech and it’s expected to focus on infotainment initially, but could eventually be adapted to engine management computer software upgrades.
It means future Hyundai and Kia cars will be able to automatically update certain elements of their software when parked overnight and connected to wifi.
Hyundai currently uses the IVI technology in its luxury Genesis models, the Genesis GV80 SUV and Genesis G80 sedan, but will now roll out the technology from the most affordable to the most expensive models.
Although there is no confirmation on which future Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles will receive the advanced tech from 2022, the Hyundai Motor Group says customers will benefit from the software being continuously updated – even after the car has been sold.
This follows other car manufacturers offering over-the-air update technology. For example, Mercedes-Benz has rolled out its MBUX multimedia system to most of its line-up, and Tesla was of course among the first to utilise the capability.
Hyundai says it will eventually include the new infotainment system in its most affordable cars, though it is likely to debut on the most expensive variants.
Paul Choo, senior vice president of the Electronics Tech Unit at Hyundai Motor Group, said the new infotainment and tech platform is “scalable, energy-efficient and has the performance to support our next generation of software-defined vehicles.”