Tuesday, August 02, 2022
By Kamal Swami
HMG Takes The Smart City Vision To Next Level !!
Hyundai Motor Group (The Group) presented the HMG Smart City master model at the 2022 World Cities Summit in Singapore on August 1, 2022. The model represents the Group’s vision for smart cities and illustrates how it will empower them with sustainable and smart mobility solutions. The model will serve as a guideline for developing smart mobility solutions that support smart cities around the world while revitalizing their urban communities.
During the development of the model, the Group also affirmed its smart city philosophy which is ‘human-centred, coexist with nature, and embrace the future.’ Hyundai Motor Group President and Chief Innovation Officer, Youngcho Chi, further elaborated on the Group’s vision for smart cities during his participation in the World Cities Summit panel discussion. “The HMG Smart City master model is our vision for a human-centred city that will revitalize urban communities. In future smart cities, our ambition is for humankind to live with nature while embracing technology. Our air and ground mobility solutions will redefine urban boundaries, connect people in meaningful ways, and revitalize cities,” President Chi said. “We will continue to work with governments around the globe to bring our smart city vision to reality, while rapidly advancing capabilities in future mobility solutions.”
The HMG Smart City concept, inspired by a honeycomb pattern, is a hexagonal-shaped city with a human-centred surface layer, and a function-centred underground layer. On the surface layer, the buildings encircle nature, in the form of parks and forests, which sit at the centre of the city, effectively minimizing the gross area developed by humankind. The buildings are divided into three sections by population density – high, medium and low. The density decreases nearer the parks and forests in the city centre, affording people an unobstructed view of nature from any part of the city. Buildings are arranged within these sections according to their purposes. For instance, city landmarks will be in the high-density area, while security infrastructure will be located in the medium-density area, enabling effortless access to any section.
The city will be connected through road infrastructure in the underground layer. All goods and services will be transported underground via autonomous mobility to each region’s automated logistics hub, where autonomous robots will make the final delivery. Citizens will travel between cities by advanced air mobility (AAM). The AAM vehicles will land and take off from a series of Hub 2.0 towers, which combine residential and office areas with AAM ports at the top of the building. The HMG Smart City concept also envisions a sustainable green city where large natural areas are preserved. The city centre will feature recreational forests, parks, and a reservoir to provide water for the city. To ensure carbon neutrality, the city’s primary power source will be hydrogen, distributed through the smart grid pipelines to power buildings through hydrogen fuel cell generators.
The Hyundai Motor Group announced its vision for future cities and supporting smart mobility solutions at CES in 2020. Since then, the Group has been developing smart mobility solutions rapidly. The Group introduced ground-breaking EVs such as the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6 while announcing plans to produce Purpose Built Vehicles (PPVs) and robotics in future. Motional, the Group’s joint venture for autonomous driving technology, is currently developing robotics which will be commercialized in 2023. The Group’s AAM subsidiary, Supernal, recently revealed the cabin concept of the eVTOL vehicle, currently under development with an aim of commercialization in 2028.
The Group is also working closely with governments around the world to make cities smarter. The Group signed MOU with Singapore’s government agency JTC on a transport modelling project that aims to enhance logistics efficiency using autonomous driving, EV, AI, and big data.