Korea's largest auto parts specialist, HYUNDAI MOBIS, has moved forward with its mid- and long-range research and development plan for state-of-the-art modules and core electronic-information parts. The products to be developed under this plan include driver's seat modules, cutting-edge brake systems (ABS/TCS/ESP), audio and AV system and an advanced electrical electronics system (AEES) - an integrated automobile communication device, etc. These parts are to be used in newly developed cars of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motor planned for mass production such as "NF" (the successor to "Sonata").
According to the plan, MOBIS will complete the development of audio & video system, navigation, AEES, etc. by 2003, and telematics and digital satellite radio receiver by early 2004 to support full-scale mass production starting in 2004. The company also plans to complete DIS (Driver Information System) - a new technology integrated automobile network, telematics, etc. - by 2006.
In the module field, MOBIS is to complete the development of lighter and more stable driver's seat/sash modules, artificial-intelligence airbags and ABS/TCS/ESP brake systems by 2004 and from 2005, the company intends to develop electronics-integrated driver's seat modules, next-generation sash modules, "Curtain Airbags" and next-generation brake systems including ESP/EHP/EMB, etc.
Among the parts to be developed in the electronics-information field, AEES is a state-of -the-art device that facilitates design and assembly by requiring just two cable connections instead of the tens of cable connections in present cars. It will reduce car weight and enhance fuel efficiency as well.
DIS is a new-tech system that maximizes driver operation with the availability of all automotive-related information, integrating various multimedia equipment, telematics, A/V system, etc. and electronic parts.
The electronics-integrated driver's seat module, to be developed from 2005, also is a state-of-the-art device providing an information system in the driver's seat. The next-generation sash module is a new field of module technology that prevents skidding by maintaining the proper angle of the vehicle's wheels to the road surface through directional adjustment of all four wheels.
For driver and passenger safety in the event of a rollover accident, MOBIS plans to develop curtain airbags that continue to expand for six to seven seconds after deploying automatically on the sides of the car. This is the next level of technology from artificial intelligence airbags whose expansion and speed are automatically controlled according to the body shape of the passenger.
In order to spur development of the new technology, MOBIS is strengthening cooperation with Textron, Bosch and Breed, etc. with which the company concluded technical ties last year. Of particular note, MOBIS is presently promoting technical cooperation with Siemens of Germany to develop AEES and also with overseas and domestic firms for development of the next-generation information devices including telematics and DIS.
In accordance with the med- and long-range R&D plan, MOBIS has decided to invest a total of 200 billion won in developing car technologies by 2005 - 100 billion won for electronic-information parts and another 100 billion won for module parts. Coupled with this, MOBIS plans to increase its research specialists to 800 from the present 450 by 2004, complete construction of Korea's largest-ever automotive electronics test facility this year and expand a comprehensive module test facility equipped with specialized test laboratories for respective modules in 2004.
This large-scale investment plan for development of cutting-edge parts is the company's contribution to the global competitiveness of Korean-made cars, providing state-of-the-art modules and electronics-information parts, keeping pace with knowledge- and information-oriented automotive markets around the world. Through this plan, MOBIS aims to achieve turnover of eight trillion won in 2005, while advancing the timeline for the company to become a global top-ten auto parts company.