Hyundai Motor Group presents a people-oriented future vision for the city that is well connected with mobility solutions and harmonizes with nature
Hyundai Motor Group (The Group) today presented the HMG Smart City master model at the World Cities Summit in Singapore in 2022.
The model represents the Group’s vision for smart cities and illustrates how it will provide 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 reinvigorating their urban communities.
During the development of the model, the Group also reaffirmed its smart city philosophy of ‘putting people first, merging with nature and embracing the future’.
Hyundai Motor Group President and Chief Innovation Officer, Youngcho Chi, 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 people-centric city that breathes new life into urban communities. In the future smart cities, our ambition is for humanity to live with nature and embrace technology. Our air and ground mobility solutions will redefine city boundaries, connect people in meaningful ways and breathe new life into cities,” President Chi said. “We will continue to work with governments around the world to realize our smart city vision, while exploring rapidly advancing possibilities in future mobility solutions.”
The HMG Smart City concept, inspired by a honeycomb pattern, is a hexagonal city with a human-oriented surface layer and a function-oriented underground layer. On the surface layer, the buildings surround nature, in the form of parks and forests, which lie in the center of the city, effectively minimizing the gross area developed by mankind.
The buildings are divided into three sections according to population density – high, medium and low. Closer to the parks and forests in the inner city, the density decreases, giving people an unobstructed view of nature from all parts of the city. Within these sections, buildings are arranged according to their purpose. For example, city landmarks will be in the high-density area, while security infrastructure will be in the medium-density area, allowing effortless access to any area.
The city is connected via 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 with the 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 gates at the top of the building.
The HMG Smart City concept also provides for a sustainable green city where large natural areas are preserved. Recreational forests, parks and a reservoir will be built in the city center to provide the city with water. To ensure carbon neutrality, the city’s primary energy 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 support for smart mobility solutions at CES in 2020. Since then, the Group has been developing smart mobility solutions at a rapid pace.
The Group introduced groundbreaking EVs such as the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6, while announcing plans to produce Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs) and robotaxis in the future. Motional, the Group’s autonomous driving technology joint venture, is currently developing robotic axes that will be launched in 2023. Supernal, the subsidiary of AAM, recently unveiled the cabin concept of the eVTOL vehicle, which is currently being developed with the aim of bringing it to market by 2028.
The Group also works closely with governments around the world to make cities smarter. The Group has signed an MOU with Singaporean government agency JTC on a transportation modeling project that aims to improve logistics efficiency using autonomous driving, EV, AI and big data.
SOURCE: Hyundai Motor Group