Automotive supplier Hyundai Mobis is planning to transform its 10-year-old Mobis Technical Centre of India (MTCI) into a research and development centre specialising in automotive software, targeting multimedia, driver assistance systems (DAS) and autonomous driving.

MTCI, which was established in Hyderabad for the purpose of verification of automotive software, has contributed to the acquisition of ISO26262 certification for main electronic components, and led the development of the digital radio broadcasting receiver that makes it possible to listen to the radio all across India for the first time.

The technical centre, which has been concentrating its efforts on software verification and development of the application software for local model components, recently increased the number of its R&D staff to 450—up from the 5-member staff when it was first established in 2007. It

MTCI has led the development and verification of software, such as Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS), Smart Parking Assistance System (SPAS), Airbag Control Unit (ACU) and Mobis Electronic Brake (MEB4), thereby contributing to acquiring the ISO26262 certification.

MTCI also teamed up with automotive semiconductor maker NXP India to develop the digital radio broadcasting receiver that can cover the entire country for the first time. Hyundai Mobis were in charge of receiver development and vehicle testing, while NXP took charge of semiconductor chip development. The end product, according to Hyundai Mobis, drastically improved radio broadcasting in India where only 40% of the country is able to receive FM signals.

Based on these achievements, MTCI is planning to enhance its own software design capabilities, and further spur the development of application software necessary for multimedia, DAS and autonomous driving through close cooperation with the Technical Centre in Korea.

When the Technical Center in Korea confirms system specifications and requirements, and designs the basic logic, MTCI will optimise the software platform by verifying detailed specifications and developing application software.

Aside from India, Hyundai Mobis also has technical centres in the United States, Germany and China. The Technical Centre in Korea is serving as the R&D headquarters in all research areas of Hyundai Mobis, including autonomous driving, environment-friendly electronic parts, chassis, braking, steering, lamps and safety.

Each technical centre is specialised for its regions and synergy is being created through collaboration, according to Hyundai Mobis. The Technical Centre of North America in Detroit and the Technical Centre of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany, are developing autonomous driving systems, DAS, chassis, and the Technical Centre of China, located in Shanghai, is in charge of vehicle testing of modules and braking and steering parts produced locally, as well as design improvement.