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Hyundai Motor Group details how it will spend $7.4 billion in the U.S. by 2025

Hyundai Motor Group is expanding its technology investment footprint.

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Spending $7.4 billion is no small task. A new release from the Korean automaker details just how the company is going to spend the money by 2025. Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) includes the Kia, Hyundai, Ioniq, and Genesis brands.

HMG intends to make the spend to "enhance overall product competitiveness" in the area of future mobility technologies including electrification and hydrogen. Hyundai and Kia will invest in growing its electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing footprint to scale and production and satisfy U.S. market demands. Market conditions and U.S. government EV police will dictate what next steps are taken.

Hyundai Motor will offer a suite of American-made electric vehicles to U.S. consumers starting next year. This includes the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Additional Kia, Hyundai, Genesis, and Ioniq models are in the works with debuts coming in the near future.

"One key element of Kia's transformation is transitioning from internal combustion engine to electrification. With our strategic investment in the United States to produce EV models, we are making huge strides to lead the EV market but also increase our contribution to the economies where we do business," said Sean Yoon, President and CEO of Kia North America.

HMG also intends to expand the U.S. hydrogen ecosystem in collaboration with local private and public partners. There are numerous governmental and filling station hurdles that must be overcome before widespread hydrogen sees usage in the U.S. HMG is committed to the natural fuel, which is used to power electric motors in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

HMG is committed to working with the government and other business partners to expand the U.S. hydrogen energy ecosystem. New business opportunities are likely to emerge from that. Hyundai Motor Group signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Energy in February 2020 to cooperate in hydrogen fuel cell technology innovation and global expansion.

Later this year, Hyundai will demonstrate its fuel cell electric trucks ahead of their commercialization. Hyundai previously made an agreement with Cummins Inc., an U.S. based company which specializes in advanced powertrains, to accelerate deployment of fuel cell electric systems in the U.S. market.

Additionally, HMG will invest in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), robotics, and autonomous technologies. The company, along with SoftBank Group Corp. has agreed to a deal that would have HMG gain a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics, a robotics company perhaps best known for making dog-like robots that monitor Singapore's parks and help Ford map out its factories.

HMG will launch a subsidiary in Washington D.C. to spearhead the Group's UAM businesses and work to create an ecosystem that supports what HMG is calling a "revolution of the mobility experience".

HMG and Aptiv, a U.S. mobility technology firm has created Motional, a joint venture aimed at commercializing driverless cars. The new company has already obtained the industry's first driverless license in the state of Nevada and plans to commercialize robotaxi service in 2023 along with its partner Lyft. Motional has started testing the new Ioniq 5 equipped with advanced autonomous driving technology on public roads.

"I am excited to make this announcement on behalf of the Hyundai Motor Group. This investment demonstrates our deep commitment to the U.S. market, our dealers and customers. Hyundai will lead the future of mobility in the United States and around the world. Our efforts are proof positive that Hyundai will continue to pursue excellence in our current and future product line-up," said José Muñoz, Hyundai Motor Company's Global Chief Operating Officer and President and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America.

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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

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Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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Safety and technology awards

Four Hyundai cars earn top marks for teen drivers

Best SUV for Teens $35 to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

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Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks vehicles in several categories. One relates to teen drivers and how well a vehicle performs in areas such as safety and available technology features. The 2021 rankings for Best New Cars for Teens were just released and one automaker hit it big. Four vehicles from Hyundai's 2021 lineup took top spots in various categories. They include:
  • Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Kona
  • Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $35k to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid


2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra HybridHyundai


All vehicles that earned awards in the 2021 survey are available with safety features that include forward collision warnings, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and lane keep assist. The vehicles also carry safety features and controls that allow parents to monitor their teen's behavior. Through the available smartphone app, parents can receive alerts when the vehicle goes over a set speed or if the teen leaves a set geographic area. The idea is that the functionality allows parents to coach their young drivers on their driving habits.


2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k 2021 Hyundai Ioniq HybridHyundai


To earn a spot on the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens rankings, a vehicle has to score well in several categories that include crash test scores and available advanced driver assistance features. The vehicle must also have scored well in the publication's rankings for its segment and price level.


2021 Hyundai Kona Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai KonaHyundai

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