Hyundai, Kia Signs MoU With 17 Cos To Develop Vehicle Control Systems

Mobility Outlook Bureau
07 Apr 2023
11:05 AM
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The Hyundai Motor Group MBD Consortium aims to improve investment efficiency in creating software and virtual development solutions and promote a software-based development system through standardisation and sharing of such environment.


Aiming to boost their competitiveness in vehicle control system development, Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 17 companies, including Hyundai Motor Group affiliates and software development companies, to form the Hyundai Motor Group Model-Based Development Consortium (HMGMDC) 

HMGMDC aims to improve investment efficiency in creating software and virtual development solutions and promote a software-based development system through standardisation and sharing such environments. This will contribute to a more organic integration of both companies’ control software, especially with the contributing factor of standardising software and virtual development systems.

The consortium includes 19 Korean and international companies with leading software and virtual technologies, including vehicle controller system developers. The participating companies consist of the Group’s affiliates, including Hyundai Motor, Kia, Hyundai MOBIS, Hyundai WIA, Hyundai KEFICO, Hyundai Transys, Hyundai NGV and Hyundai AutoEver, as well as Robert Bosch, Vitesco, HL Mando, dSPACE, MathWorks, SureSoft Tech, Synopsys, IPG Automotive, ETAS, ControlWorks and Vector.

The consortium is divided into a ‘development group’ for controllers and software product development and a ‘technology group’ that supports specialised technologies to form a comprehensive collaborative ecosystem. The participants will share technology to enhance their respective competitive edge and help accelerate the SDV transition by establishing a standardised software development and virtual validation environment.

Yong Wha Kim, Executive Vice President, and Head, R&D Planning & Coordination Center, Hyundai Motor and Kia, said that the group aims to accelerate the Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) transition through standardisation and an open development ecosystem with close collaboration with industry-leading companies.

The development of advanced SDVs requires integrated software that controls the various electronics in the vehicle based on domain-centralised architecture. In the past, control software had to be implemented into the hardware to be verified and further improved. However, the MBD-based model has the advantage of maximising efficiency by verifying the algorithm through virtual simulation, thus shortening development time while improving quality.

Hyundai Motor and Kia plan to build an open SDV development ecosystem supporting technology sharing and cooperation among participating companies and promoting the standardisation of the consortium's finalised control software development and virtual validation systems.

“Technology sharing and collaboration derived from the consortium will be the key factor in the enhancement of the software competitiveness. We look forward to providing a more advanced mobility experience to customers through SDV,” Kim added.

In 2022, the Group announced a new global strategy to transform all vehicles to SDV by 2025 through the ‘Unlock the Software Age’ initiative. The Group hopes to deliver an unprecedented era of mobility through such an initiative, presenting customers with the freedom of movement and providing innovative user experience through software-connected, safe and comfortable mobility solutions.

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