Hyundai Motor Group unveils HMG Smart City Vision at 2022 World Cities Summit

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  • Hyundai Motor Group presents a city vision of a human-centred future that is well connected with mobility solutions while coexisting harmoniously with nature
  • HMG Smart City is a sustainable green city concept enabled by autonomous mobility, advanced air mobility, robotics and hydrogen fuel cell technology
  • The group is uniquely positioned to offer smart and sustainable mobility solutions and a sustainable power source to support the development of smart cities

Hyundai Motor Group (The Group) today unveiled the HMG Smart City Master model at the 2022 World Cities Summit in Singapore.

The model represents the group’s vision for smart cities and shows how it will empower them with sustainable and smart mobility solutions. This model will serve as a guideline for developing smart mobility solutions that support smart cities around the world while revitalizing their urban communities.

While developing the model, the group also reaffirmed its smart city philosophy which is ‘human-centred, coexistence with nature and embracing the future.’

Yangchow Chi, President and Chief Innovation Officer, Hyundai Motor Group, 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 the smart cities of the future, it is our ambition that mankind lives in harmony with nature by embracing technology. Our air and ground mobility solutions are urban We will redefine borders, connect people in meaningful ways and revitalize cities,” said President Chi. “We will continue to work with governments around the world to bring our smart city vision to reality, while the future We will rapidly build capabilities in mobility solutions in the U.S.”

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The HMG Smart City concept, inspired by a honeycomb pattern, is a hexagonal-shaped city with a human-centered surface layer and a task-focused underground layer. On the surface layer, the buildings enclose nature in the form of parks and forests, which sit in the center of the city, effectively reducing the gross area developed by mankind.

On the basis of population density the buildings are divided into three classes – high, medium and low. The density decreases near the parks and forests in the city centre, giving people an unobstructed view of nature from any part of the city. Within these sections the buildings are arranged according to their purposes. For example, city landmarks will be in a high-density area, while security infrastructure will be located in a medium-density area, allowing easy access to any square.

The city will be connected through road infrastructure in the underground layer. All goods and services will be transported via autonomous mobility to each region’s automated logistics center, where autonomous robots will make the final delivery.

Citizens will travel between cities by Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). AAM vehicles will take off and take off from a series of Hub 2.0 towers, which connect 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. In the center of the city there will be a recreational forest, a park and a reservoir to provide water for the city. To ensure carbon neutrality, the city’s primary energy source will be hydrogen, which will be distributed via smart grid pipelines to power buildings via hydrogen fuel cell generators.

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Hyundai Motor Group announced its vision to support the cities of the future and smart mobility solutions at CES in 2020. Since then, the group has been rapidly developing smart mobility solutions.

Announcing plans to produce Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs) and Robotaxis in the future, the group introduced ground-breaking EVs such as the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6. Motional, the group’s joint venture for autonomous driving technology, is currently developing robotaxis that will be commercialized in 2023. The group’s AAM subsidiary, Supernal, recently revealed the cabin concept of the EVTOL vehicle, which is currently under development with the aim of commercialization in 2028.

The group is working with governments around the world to make cities smart. The group signed a MoU with Singapore’s government agency JTC on a transportation modeling project that aims to enhance logistics efficiency by using autonomous driving, EVs, AI and big data.