Hyundai Motor Opens Big Data Center in China to Advance Leadership in Connected Mobility

- Hyundai Motor opens first global Big Data Center in Guian, China

- Big Data Center in China lays foundation for a China-focused Car Cloud, leveraging expertise in connected car technologies gathered through years of Hyundai Car Cloud operation

- Self-developed Connected Car Operating System (ccOS), Connected Car Service Platform (ccSP) to accelerate establishment of connected car services tailored for Chinese customers

SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor has opened its first global Big Data Center in Guizhou Province, China, to gather and analyze massive volumes of data collected from the company's connected cars. The new facility will allow Hyundai Motor to expand significantly its R&D capabilities in connected cars, advance its market projections, and enhance business operations in China.

The Big Data Center in China lays a foundation for building a China-focused Car Cloud, as Hyundai Motor plans to leverage expertise in connected car technologies gathered through years of experience in Hyundai Car Cloud operation in Korea, which was built in 2013.

Hyundai Motor also has high expectations for its self-developed Connected Car Operating System (ccOS) and Connected Car Service Platform (ccSP). Tapping into such proprietary technologies, the company plans to spur the establishment of connected car services tailored for Chinese customers.

ccOS optimizes the high-speed transmission and reception of data within the vehicle, while ccSP seamlessly connects drivers to IoT (Internet of Things) services. In addition to monitoring customer driving patterns, the Center will monitor and diagnose potential problems, offering regular software updates to vehicles.

Located in China's national epicenter for big data - Guizhou Province's capital Guian - the Big Data Center covers 1,200m2, sharing a five-story building with China's largest internet search provider, Baidu. Guian is one of China's fastest-growing cities and is already host to global technology giants including Apple, Alibaba and IBM.

The Center is strategically located to take advantage of access to local IT companies, such as China Unicom, to develop, analyze and process multiple data streams positioning Hyundai Motor at the forefront of the automotive dig data revolution.

"Hyundai Motor's know-how in big data analysis coupled with Guizhou Province's strong push into big data will surely accelerate development in connected car technologies as well as better enable us to cater to our customer's needs," Seung-Ho Hwang, Executive Vice President and Head of Auto Intelligence Division at Hyundai Motor Company, said. "By successfully operating our newest facility in China, we will set new standards in the big data industry and advance Hyundai Motor's IT leadership among automotive manufacturers."

Leadership in connected cars to continue in China and beyond
The opening of the Guian facility is the first of a future global network of big data hubs that build on the foundations of Hyundai Motor's domestic Big Data Center in Uiwang, South Korea, which started operation in 2013. On opening the Uiwang facility, the company had also begun operating a group of experts called 'Data Scientists', who are currently playing a vital role of enhancing Hyundai Motor's capabilities in big data applications.

Hyundai Motor expects the new China Big Data Center to serve as a stepping stone for enhancing big data capabilities further, as the company plans to expand its Big Data Center network globally in the years to come.

Collaboration with China Unicom
Alongside opening its Big Data Center, Hyundai Motor also signed a memorandum of understanding with China Unicom, China's second-largest telecommunications provider, to co-develop a predictive analytics platform for various activities. With China Unicom's long history of gathering and analyzing big data, Hyundai Motor expects the collaboration will accelerate and enrich its efforts to enhance the lives of customers.

Strategic partnerships with leading global technology companies are central to Hyundai Motor's plans to lead the digital automotive revolution. In 2016 Hyundai Motor partnered with Cisco, with the core objective of creating hyper-connected intelligent cars that boast the safest and most advanced self-driving systems on the market. More recently, in June this year, Hyundai Motor announced a partnership with Baidu, a move that paved the way for the car manufacturer become the first to equip its Chinese-market vehicles with Baidu's connected navigation MapAuto and Duer OS Auto voice recognition technologies.

In 2016, Hyundai Motor Group presented its roadmap for connected car development for the first time, paving the way for new innovations in vehicle connectivity. The company announced plans to collaborate with leading global IT and networking companies to develop its 'Hyper-connected and Intelligent Car' concept, with research and development focused on bringing new values and efficiencies to the lives of customers.

The 'Hyper-connected and Intelligent Car' goes beyond converging communications technology and the vehicle to become a 'High-Performing Computer on Wheels'. This is a concept of connecting the car to other cars, the office and to the city. In other words, Hyundai will connect cars to life.

About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2016 sold 4.86 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world's first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world's first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.

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