Hyundai has entered into a joint development agreement with wireless and broadband major Broadcom Corporation to equip its cars with the latest in-car infotainment and driver assistant systems which the latter has on offer. The new features include surround view parking and lane departure warning system which earlier featured only in a select few cars. The Korean car maker plans to equip its new cars with in-car Ethernet network which will enable the above features apart from telematics and infotainment systems. Hyundai plans to introduce this system into the new generation vehicles at a slight premium.
Surround view parking is basically an Ethernet based driver assistant system which features a 360-degree parking assistance. Multiple data streams from high resolution camera systems are gathered and processed warning the driver of collision and pedestrians. This Ethernet based system is a first timer in the automotive industry, claim the developers. This system was jointly developed by Broadcom, Freescale Semiconductor and Omnivision Technologies.
The lane departure warning system alerts the drivers when the car begins to change lanes unless a turn-signal is activated. This system will be based on a high-bandwidth in-vehicle network connectivity which is a very cost effective system. So the newer Hyundai cars will come a lot more equipment at the centre and boast of newer features to play with. The Korean automaker is confident about the viability of the Ethernet based system and is eagerly looking forward to work with Broadcom to develop an Ethernet network for Hyundai cars.