A 5G-enabled smart factory use case will be trialled by the partners at the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre Singapore


Hyundai Motor and Singtel sign MoU for partnering on 5G-enabled smart manufacturing and connectivity for EV battery subscription service. (Credit: Hyundai Motor Company)

Hyundai Motor has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Singtel for collaborating on 5G-enabled smart manufacturing and connectivity for electric vehicle battery subscription service.

The partnership will see the South Korean firm contribute its expertise in developing innovative automotive and manufacturing solutions.

The Singaporean telecommunications firm, in turn, will bring its capabilities in 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), and next-generation info-communications technologies and solutions for developing Industry 4.0 advanced digital solutions. These capabilities are expected to change the manner in which vehicles are currently manufactured.

The partners will develop and trial a 5G-enabled smart factory use case for the intelligent manufacturing platform of Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre Singapore (HMGICS). The smart factory will be possibly scaled for deploying across the manufacturing plants of the automotive manufacturer across the world.

In October 2020, Hyundai Motor announced that it will establish Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre for carrying out studies on future mobility. Besides, the new hub will be used for exploring innovative solutions, services, and also disruptive technologies for revolutionising the transport experience of commuters.

Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre Singapore senior vice president Hong Bum Jung said: “Hyundai is delighted to work with Singtel, implementing next-generation communication solutions that will enhance mobility experiences for our customers.

“We also hope to explore future innovative solutions and business opportunities with Singtel to help realise Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.”

Hyundai Motor and Singtel will also jointly work on an IoT communications solution for the batteries used by the former’s electric vehicles (EVs) in Singapore.

The IoT system will help the automotive manufacturer to monitor the telemetry, or automatic data transmission, of the real-time status and performance of the batteries.

The data-driven insights can improve the reliability of the EVs, advance Singapore’s EV ecosystem and Smart Nation vision, which calls for connected and sustainable mobility solutions, said Hyundai Motor.

Singtel government and large enterprise, group enterprise managing director Andrew Lim said: “Our collaboration with Hyundai Motor is timely given the Singapore Government’s decision to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040 and the recent Budget announcement on new policies to encourage more Singaporeans to switch to driving electric vehicles.

“By pushing the boundaries of what is possible with 5G, IoT and other advanced technologies, we also want to build up Singapore’s smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 capabilities and strengthen its innovation ecosystem.”