Report: Hyundai, Tencent Partner on Software for Autonomy

Hyundai Motor Co. and China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. have tentatively agreed to co-develop software for self-driving vehicles, sources tell South Korea’s Maeil business daily.

The companies will collaborate on safety and security-related software for autonomous vehicles that Hyundai expects to introduce by 2030, according to the newspaper. It says the companies also will consider integrating Tencent’s WeChat messaging app for Hyundai vehicles sold in China.

The Tencent tie-up marks the fourth autonomy-related partnership this year involving Hyundai Group companies. In January Hyundai and its Kia Motors affiliate signed a development deal with Lear Corp. on vehicle positioning technology.

Less than two weeks later, Hyundai Mobis partnered with Korean mobile service provider KT Corp. to develop and test 5G cellular vehicle-to-everything connectivity services.

In March, Hyundai Mobis Co. agreed to partner with Russia’s Yandex NV to develop a platform for autonomous vehicles. The companies aim to integrate Yandex’s artificial intelligence software with Hyundai Mobis sensors for robo-taxis.