Building a Human-Centered Urban Society
The Smart City is the perfect stage for actualizing the vision pursued by Hyundai Motor Group. Although, megacities with more than 10 million people are simultaneously created in many different parts of the world due to accelerated population growth, not all cities possess the key features of a Smart City. Smart City technologies provide services and solutions for many proliferating urban problems, including transportation, environment, and housing. To be considered a Smart City, it should be able to offer a convenient and comfortable life using key Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, 5G telecommunications and data analysis.
And what’s more? Hyundai Motor Group takes one step further in by building a Human Centered Urban Society. By positioning ‘people’ at the very core of its strategy, Hyundai strives to create smart cities where everyone can equally enjoy freedom of movement and lead a peaceful existence with nature.
FUTURESmart City: How Future Mobilities Will Shape Our New Normal
Hyundai Motor Group is one of the pioneers at the forefront of building Smart Cities. Smart Cities will not only solve urban problems, but also proactively respond to the fourth industrial revolution and act as a possible growth driver. Hyundai Motor Group especially believes that a human-centered and smart sustainable city will help make people’s lives more convenient, comfortable, and enjoyable. In the following paragraph, we would like to introduce the paradigm shift Hyundai Motor Group expects to bring with its future mobility.
Hyper-center: Pedestrian Only
According to United Nations (UN) statistics, 68% of the world population live in big cities – and far more people are expected to gather in future megacities. This is due to the fact that more people are expected to gravitate towards the advanced infrastructures, such as culture, healthcare, education, and technology provided by the megacities as the population grow annually. And in order to accommodate the ever-growing population, the megacities of the future will be divided into few sectors – the city’s hyper-center, city center, and the sub-center.
At the hyper-center, which is expected to be highly populated, a new method of transportation will be introduced in order to alleviate vehicle density and protect the environment. Super-speed subways will provide access to the city’s hyper-center and urban mobilities, such as the Urban Air Mobility (UAM), will provide a method for inner-city transportation. Also, there will be a three-dimensional underground logistics network to support the no vehicle policy. Each cargo box will be sent to the station near its destination and mini-mobilities or drones will take the cargo to its recipient. The hyper-center will most likely be pedestrian-only. Hence, allowing the disabled, seniors and children to travel freely and safely with their personal mobilities.
Only public transportations and shared mobility devices will be allowed at the hyper-center. Autonomous public transportations will be similar to current city buses, but will become a space that provides for more extensive services. For example, due to increase in space, custom seats and wheelchair spaces will be conditioned for the elderly and disabled. For group passengers, there will be a big display for sports games or movies. The transportation would also be able to recreate its space and build a lounge for social gatherings.
Between the City Center and Its Sub-center
Transit stations, such as public transportation hubs, usually located between the sub-center and the city center, will likely be able to analyze each commuter or passenger’s data and provide a more personalized means of transportation. People with similar preferences and routes would be able to share their rides. These mobilities could even become a common room or a lounge for people to socialize.
People who travel from the sub-center to the city center will be able to use various kinds of facilities for parking, charging, or maintenance. For example, you would be able use the In Car Payment System to shop for snacks to eat in your car while charging at the station.
Shared and Personal Mobility in a City’s Sub-center
Shared mobilities in a city’s sub-center have a lot of different designs and functions. Future mobilities for long-distance travel will look much like hotels. Because passengers will have to stay inside the vehicle for a long time, these vehicles will house facilities for books, movies, or even a private office for work or business meetings. Food will also be served at the cafeteria for passengers, as well.
Private mobilities will have adjustable seating or lightings to customize and maximize space usage, offering the most suitable seat for any type of passengers. Also, depending on the purpose, the cabin will be able to reshape its interior.
Self-sufficient Cities, Living Cities
Peer-to-peer(P2P) sharing will take a huge part in designing a city’s intelligent transport infrastructure. This will not only serve residents in living quarters but also allow visitors to travel freely between cities. Traveling between megacities will be made easy through the super-speed transportation systems.
TECHNOLOGYSmart City Technologies Developed By Hyundai
What will Hyundai Motor Group’s Smart City look like? Hyundai Motor Group previously released a campaign video called the ‘Human-Centered Smart City Vision’, to depict the daily lives of future families. The video allows us to indirectly experience the cutting-edge technologies of Smart Cities such as Robotaxis, eco-friendly hydrogen energy, and various autonomous driving services.
KEY POINT1. Self-driving-based Logistics and Sales Network
Press a button! And let the fine dining begin with the restaurant coming to where you are. Self-driving technology enables on-demand mobile store services (a new retail method that allows individual stores to visit customers when an order is placed).
The Robotaxi is a mobility service where the nearest autonomous taxi picks up their passengers and takes them to their desired destination. Hyundai Motor Group is developing a full self-driving software system that can be operated anywhere in the world and plans to supply it to global automakers and Robotaxi companies.
3. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Generation
By commercializing FCEVs and building a fuel-cell power-generated hydrogen ecosystem, Smart Cities will use eco-friendly energy instead of fossil fuels that cause environmental pollution.
4. Additional Services Using Autonomous Driving Systems
In the era of autonomous driving, a variety of services will be available for drivers and passengers, such as in-vehicle health checks and basic care (In-car Healthcare), building an office environment (In-car Office), and creating media platforms for games and video clips (In-car Entertainment).