SME fleets ordering Hyundai and Kia models will experience a range of expanding services and performance enhancements over the lifetime of their vehicles.
Announced today by Hyundai Motor Group, which owns both the Hyundai and Kia brands, was a new concept for its vehicles called Software Defined Vehicles (SDVs) featuring Over The Air (OTA) updates.
In SDVs, the software becomes integral to the vehicle rather than being bolted on to traditional systems and drivetrains.
All Hyundai and Kia models will be SDVs by 2025 offering enhanced performance and functionality, whether traditional combustion or electric models.
However, new models from 2023 will feature OTAs, even if they do not have the full suite of new technology in the offing.
A senior Kia executive told FleetandLeasing.com:
OTA software updates would enable SME fleets and business customers to keep their vehicles up to date. The upgrades to performance and functionality would be performed remotely without the requirement to be taken to a dealer.
New Electric Commercial Vehicles From Hyundai And Kia
Hyundai Motor Group says it will be developing two vehicle platforms that are fully scalable to take advantage of SDVs.
The eM car platform promises a 50% uplift in driving range on a single charge compared with current EVs.
The other eS platform will be for the B2B sector and will include electric commercial vehicles.
It will see Hyundai entering the commercial vehicle market again following its iLoad panel van and Kia entering the eLCV sector for the very first time.
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