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Hyundai X NTU: Four Pilot Projects Focusing On Mobility Of The Future.

Hyundai x NTU: Four Pilot Projects Focusing On Mobility Of The Future.

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group have inked an agreement to run four research projects focusing on the production of electric vehicles and future mobility technologies. 

By Ashwini Balan, Eastern Trade Media

Specifically, the projects will look at the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and additive manufacturing(AM) technologies. The research initiatives were part of NTU’s vision to develop applications that would be revolutionary, paving the way for next-generation automobile manufacturing. One of the projects, for instance, is to build machine learning algorithms for vehicle image processing, that could be tapped to check the quality of battery electric vehicles. An AI-powered image processing sensor deployed in the manufacturing plant could detect defects and anomalies across the production process, ensuring the safety and reliability of the final product, NTU said. 

Another project would explore the integration of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, to customise automotive components for electric vehicles and how these parts could be implemented in small factor operation. This could facilitate smart manufacturing sites capable of building car models that are customised.

The partnership between Hyundai and NTU started last October, when NTU was unveiled as Hyundai’s first academic research partner for their innovation centre in Singapore. The project will steadily begin research work this month and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The Hyundai research facility focuses on future mobility technologies and together with NTU, Hyundai also planned to run 3D printing competitions in automotive engineering, which they hoped would spur interest in electric vehicle manufacturing and nurture new talent in the sector. NTU students and researchers also would be able to tap Hyundai’s industry experts to exchange ideas. 

There are similar projects that Hyundai has partaken in 2021, in view of their carbon neutrality goals. In June, Hyundai teamed up with mobile app platform Grab to drive the adoption of electric vehicles in Southeast Asia. Both companies would explore pilots to ease the use of such vehicles for Grab drivers and delivery partners, such as offering leasing programmes on a “battery-as-a-service” model. The South Korean carmaker in March also announced a partnership with Singapore telco Singtel to develop a system for Hyundai to monitor electric cars driven on the island. The Internet of Things (IoT) platform would provide Hyundai with telemetry, or “automatic data transmission”, on the status and performance of the batteries powering the electric vehicles used the company’s subscription service.

Indeed, multinational automotive manufacturers are gearing ahead into the all-electric future and it seems that this vision of the future, would soon become the present reality. 

References of the content:
1. Original Article Source: Eileen Yu, ZDNet, 2021
2. Image Source: Lorenzo Hamers on Unsplash

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Hyundai Motor Group Partners Grab To Accelerate EV Adoption In Southeast Asia

Hyundai Motor Group Partners Grab To Accelerate EV Adoption In Southeast Asia

Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings Inc. (Grab) has announced an enhancement of their ongoing strategic partnership in mobility services. The next phase of the partnership will focus on accelerating EV adoption in Southeast Asia. The Group, including Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation which are the Group’s affiliates, and Grab will further develop new pilots and initiatives that lower the barriers of entry for Grab driver and delivery-partners to adopt EVs, such as lowering the total cost of ownership and reducing range anxiety.

Survey results from initial EV pilot in Singapore found that high costs, lack of charging locations and long waiting times for charging are top barriers hindering Grab driver-partners from adopting EVs. Hence, the enhanced partnership will focus on addressing some of these barriers by piloting new EV business models such as leasing EVs with a battery-as-a-service model or car-as-a-service model, and EV financing. Both parties will also develop a joint EV roadmap to accelerate adoption in Southeast Asia. The pilot programs will start in 2021, beginning in Singapore, and expand to Indonesia and Vietnam.

As part of the roadmap development, the two parties will also conduct an EV feasibility study. The intent is to gain a deeper understanding into the gaps and barriers to wider EV ownership and adoption, then translating the findings from the study into practical ways to further develop the EV ecosystem. These insights will provide governments and ecosystem partners with ideas and best practices on how EV policies can be shaped to better address the day-to-day operational routines of ride-hailing drivers and delivery-partners. This comes at a critical time as last-mile logistics and deliveries continue to experience unprecedented growth, and EVs can play a huge role in reducing carbon emissions from vehicles.

In addition, in line with Hyundai Motor Group’s latest future strategy, both parties will explore collaboration in new business opportunities and technologies such as smart city solutions.

“Hyundai Motor Group and Grab were able to discover the possibility of EV businesses in Southeast Asia through our cooperation from 2018,” said Minsung Kim, Vice President of the Innovation Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “With Grab having the largest driver network in the region and Hyundai’s comprehensive mobility solutions, we are confident that together we can help to increase the adoption of EVs and ultimately reduce carbon emissions throughout the region. Beyond its on-going projects, the Group expects additional cooperation with Grab to be a key driver to lead the mobility market of the future in Southeast Asia.”

Russell Cohen, Group Managing Director of Operations, Grab, said: “While EVs are relatively nascent in Southeast Asia, Grab plans to play a vital role in working with partners and governments to accelerate EV adoption. As government EV policies and incentives are implemented and essential infrastructure like charging stations continue to be built, this partnership will provide insights and best practices on the usage of EVs as part of the day-to-day operations of driver and delivery-partners. For example, we’ve piloted ways to reduce driver-partners’ downtime by enabling them to swap their e-moped batteries at GrabKitchen while they wait to collect food orders. Successful EV adoption is a multi-stakeholder effort, particularly in Southeast Asia, and we’ll continue to leverage our technology and operational leadership to build a fleet for the future.”


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Hyundai Motor And Singtel Collaborate To Advance Singapore’s Smart Mobility Ecosystem And Industry 4.0 Journey

Hyundai Motor And Singtel Collaborate To Advance Singapore’s Smart Mobility Ecosystem And Industry 4.0 Journey

Hyundai Motor Company and Singtel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on a range of ventures to support smart manufacturing, connectivity for electric vehicle battery subscription service. The MOU follows Hyundai Motor Group’s announcement in October 2020 that it is setting up a new state-of-the-art Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre Singapore (HMGICS) to conduct studies on future mobility and explore innovative solutions, services and disruptive technologies to revolutionise commuters’ transport experience.

Hyundai Motor will combine its expertise in developing innovative automotive and manufacturing solutions with Singtel’s capabilities in 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), and next generation info-communications technologies and solutions to develop Industry 4.0 advanced digital solutions to   transform the way vehicles are currently manufactured. The parties will develop and pilot a 5G-enabled smart factory use case for HMGICS’ intelligent manufacturing platform, and potentially scaling it up for deployment across Hyundai’s manufacturing plants globally.

“Hyundai is delighted to work with Singtel, implementing next-generation communication solutions that will enhance mobility experiences for our customers,” said Hong Bum Jung, Senior Vice President of HMGICS at Hyundai Motor Company. “We also hope to explore future innovative solutions and business opportunities with Singtel to help realise Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.”

Hyundai and Singtel will also work together on an IoT communications solution for the batteries powering Hyundai’s electric vehicles (EVs) in Singapore. The IoT system enables Hyundai to monitor the telemetry, or automatic data transmission, of the batteries’ real-time status and performance. The data-driven insights can enhance the EVs’ reliability, advancing Singapore’s EV ecosystem and Smart Nation vision of connected and sustainable mobility solutions.

Andrew Lim, Managing Director, Government and Large Enterprise, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “Our collaboration with Hyundai Motor is timely given the Singapore Government’s decision to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040 and the recent Budget announcement on new policies to encourage more Singaporeans to switch to driving electric vehicles. By pushing the boundaries of what is possible with 5G, IoT and other advanced technologies, we also want to build up Singapore’s smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 capabilities and strengthen its innovation ecosystem.”


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Hyundai To Manufacture EVs In Singapore From 2022

Hyundai To Manufacture EVs In Singapore From 2022

Hyundai Motor has announced that it plans to manufacture its electric vehicles (EVs) in Singapore, starting in 2022, according to Straits Times. As such, the auto maker will be setting up a 28,000 square metre plant in Singapore with construction to begin in October.

The new plant will have the capacity to manufacture 30,000 EVs a year, with as many as 6000 cars sold in Singapore, and the new facility will create hundreds of jobs for the city. An electric compact crossover based on the IONIQ EV range is speculated to be the first vehicle produced at the plant.

Earlier this year in April, the automaker has announced that they will be establishing a Smart Mobility Innovation Center to accelerate its innovation efforts and transformation into a smart mobility solution provider.

This is in line with Singapore’s initiatives to boost the city’s EV market which includes expansion of charging infrastructure by 2030 and the goal to eliminate combustion engines from 2040.

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Hyundai Motor To Establish A Smart Mobility Innovation Centre In Singapore

Hyundai Motor To Establish A Smart Mobility Innovation Centre In Singapore

Hyundai Motor Company will establish a Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICs) to accelerate its innovation efforts and transformation into a smart mobility solution provider. With support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the new 28,000 sqm innovative lab will be located in Singapore’s Jurong Innovation District and is set to be completed in the second half of 2022.

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The lab will explore business ideas and technologies to revolutionise a value chain encompassing R&D, business and production for future mobility solutions and eventual expansion into global markets. Combining Hyundai’s open innovations efforts with Singapore’s fertile atmosphere, HMGICs will validate concepts including multi-modal mobility service.

The lab will also spearhead efforts to reach new markets and customers with cutting-edge technologies that will transform automotive R&D, production and sales. Combining AI, Internet of Things (IoT) and other advanced technologies, the lab will create a human-centred smart manufacturing platform that will be validated through a small pilot EV production facility.

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In conjunction with the platform, an innovative product development process and on-demand production system will be tested and proven. Hyundai also aims to study new methods of vehicle development conducive to smart manufacturing while further increasing use of virtual reality (VR) technology in the vehicle development process.

Furthermore, HMGICs will facilitate collaboration opportunities with competitive local partners and educational institutions such as the Nanyang Technological University by conducting joint projects to pursue open innovation.

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“The Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Centre is an exciting addition to Singapore’s growing Mobility ecosystem. Its focus on innovative business concepts and the development of a smart manufacturing platform, leverages the research and innovation capabilities, and the value that Singapore provides to companies that want to develop, testbed and create new solutions for the world,” said Mr Tan Kong Hwee, Assistant Managing Director, EDB.

As part of its Smart Nation initiative to drive the adoption of digital innovation across industries, Singapore is actively fostering the use of digital technologies such as AI, digitalisation, and smart urban mobility. With a strong track record for open innovation, Singapore is an ideal location for Hyundai to test its innovative ideas such as HMGICs.


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Siemens: Breaking New Ground In Modernity

Siemens: Breaking New Ground In Modernity

Siemens PLM Software has helped global auto manufacturer, Hyundai Motor Company, reduce vehicle physical testing by 40 percent and optimise hybrid vehicle performance with the aid of Simcenter.

Korean Modernity

Over the last two centuries, mankind has dramatically evolved. And certainly, modern times have brought many benefits, including longer lives, comfort, communication means, traveling tools and much more. But at the same time, continuous population growth, industrialisation and globalisation have put enormous stress on the environment. Unfortunately, it was only in the last decades of the previous century that scientists started to share persuasive evidence that we are slowly but certainly causing irreparable damage to our planet. The current generation is the first in human history to consider how to balance technological advancement with low environmental impact. As a result, engineers are challenged to develop technologies that can satisfy operational and consumer requirements while also meeting the demands for low energy consumption and emissions.

To fulfill those demands, many industries, particularly transportation, will require a drastic modernisation, both technologically and in terms of process. It’s not a coincidence that the Korean word for modernity is “hyundai.” The engineers of Hyundai Motor Group (HGC), the third-largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, have experimented since the late 1980s with alternative, more environmentally- friendly propulsion methods than traditional internal combustion engines (ICEs), including flexible-fuel vehicles, electric vehicles and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs). The latter are currently the most interesting, awaiting the availability of batteries that can allow a larger range and additional infrastructure to charge electric motors.

Complex HEV Engineering

Designing HEVs presents complex challenges, such as determining which configuration will perform the best for a particular vehicle and its intended use. The main idea is to let the electrical motor support the ICE so that it can work more efficiently, or even be replaced for some drive cycles, like city use, for example. Significant engineering effort goes into the sizing of components and in defining the control algorithms that coordinates collaboration of the electric motor and ICE for optimal efficiency.

At the same time, engineers must consider other critical performance requirements, including driving dynamics and comfort. “As the effect of changing a parameter in favour of one performance aspect can negatively influence another, we have to look at multiple attributes simultaneously to find the optimal balance,” says Bang Jae-Sung, Senior Engineer at Hyundai. Mr Jae-Sung is one of the specialists at Hyundai’s research and development centre who focuses on developing the HEV control logic for optimal vehicle performance. “On top of that, with so many parameters involved and so many different drive cycles to evaluate, it would become a very time-consuming and costly affair if too much of the process still relied on trial and error.”

Implementing A Simulation-Based Approach

Together with Siemens PLM Software specialists, Hyundai engineers researched the possibility of saving development time and cost by implementing a more automated performance optimisation process, using state-of-the-art simulation capabilities. Together, they executed a project in which they virtually tested, validated and calibrated an HEV main controller using a real-time, closed-loop, model-based system simulation. Though hardwarein- the-loop (HiL) test platforms are industry- standard, this test case was rather unique in that it accurately captured both fuel economy and drivability simultaneously. “HiL simulation can be a difficult balancing task,” says Mr Jae-Sung. “On one hand, you have to limit the number of degrees of freedom (DOFs) so that the calculation can run in real time, but on the other hand the simulation model needs to remain sufficiently accurate so that it still produces realistic results. This requires very specialised software tools.

By using Simcenter Amesim software from Siemens PLM Software for the plant model in co-simulation with the MATLAB, Simulink and Stateflow environments for the controller models, we could achieve this objective really well.” Besides the supervisory hybrid control unit (HCU), which was the main subject of the validation study, the engineers also had to model the subsystem controllers to an appropriate level of detail. The engine management system (EMS) for example, regulates fuel, air and spark in order to produce the torque that is commanded from the HCU. If this feature is not modelled accurately, it can lead to significant deviations when predicting fuel economy and the battery’s state of charge. Other subsystems add to the complexity.

The dynamic Simcenter Amesim model included the required physics to accurately capture the energy flows and conversions from fuel to mechanical and electrical energy. For drivability assessment, the model possessed all the relevant elements for replicating the natural frequencies between 0 and 20 Hertz (Hz), as these can be felt by the driver. The model also included the efficiencies and energy losses of the main components necessary to predict fuel economy. The model was systematically built from component to full vehicle, validated in each of these stages, and later simplified to run in real time.

Reducing Physical Testing

“The project we did with the Simcenter Engineering specialists showed us that we can realise a good correlation between results from HiL simulation and the real vehicle behaviour for multiple attributes simultaneously,” says Mr Jae-Sung. “It confirmed that we can use this approach for upfront performance validation, as it allows us to quickly evaluate trends when designing HCU algorithms and defining calibration values, so that we can achieve a better starting point for physical prototyping.” The implementation of the Simcenter Amesim-based process as a standard development practice allows Hyundai engineers to improve the performance of HEVs while dramatically reducing time and cost. “By pre-defining major calibration values using HiL simulation, we were able to reduce the number of actual vehicle tests by 40 percent,” confirms Mr Jae-Sung.

“And we are in the process of extending the scope of this methodology to a much

larger number of test scenarios, by including additional physics in the models, such as thermal effects on engine, electric motor and battery, road geometry, vehicle lateral dynamics and many more.”

Future Ambitions

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This thorough digitalisation of the process for eco-friendly vehicle design aligns with Hyundai’s long-term vision. In its mission statement, Hyundai clearly expresses the ambition of fulfilling its role and responsibility as a trusted global firm, while at the same time continuously improving the customer experience. To achieve this dual goal, the company counts on effectively delivering innovative mobility solutions based on technologies that are both eco-friendly and human-oriented. Adding value to their vehicles by applying this digital transformation to product development is a logical part of this endeavour. The next step is just around the corner. Rising innovations such as cloud computing, big data analytics and the Internet of Things offer new technological perspectives.

They will also enable companies like Hyundai to stay closely connected to their customers and, for example, get more information on the actual use of their vehicles, even on an individual basis. “Making a vehicle smart by digitally connecting development and operation will be the next technological revolution,” states Mr Jae-Sung. “For our application, we could imagine that additional improvement of performance and energy efficiency can be achieved by developing a control logic that can reflect the driver’s tendencies, and gather on-the-spot information on the actual traffic density. In that sense, digitalising vehicle development is just one step in a broader process.”

It is a vision that matches current industry trends, and one that Siemens PLM Software endorses.

To realise this vision, Siemens is gathering all the building blocks for an environment that facilitates a digital thread throughout the entire product lifecycle. Through ambitious development plans and acquisitions, Siemens clearly aspires to support their customers when they create the next modernity – in Korean: the next Hyundai.

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