Hyundai Invests in Israeli Car Communication Chip Maker Autotalks

Through its strategic partnership and investment, Hyundai plans to accelerate the development of the next generation chipset for connected cars.

The South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor has announced today its strategic partnership including an investment in Israeli provider of vehicle to everything (V2X) communication chipsets technology Autotalks, for improving road safety.

Hyundai did not disclose the size of the investment but Israeli media estimate it several million dollars.

Founded in 2008 Autotalks, has raised $80 million to date, prior to this latest investment. Autotalks is a V2X-chipset market pioneer and leader providing OEMs, Tier-1 and Tier-2 customers with comprehensive V2X solutions.

Autotalks’ chipsets enable the V2X communication revolution by providing the most advanced, truly secure V2X solution created for autonomous vehicles. The chipsets are pre-integrated and designed to shorten development schedules and reduced costs. Autotalks’ cutting-edge technology addresses all key V2X challenges: communication reliability, security, positioning accuracy and vehicle installation.

Through its strategic partnership and investment, Hyundai Motor plans to accelerate the development and deployment of the next generation chipset for connected cars. Hyundai is expanding partnerships in the connectivity field to further strengthen connectivity technology vital to autonomous driving and explore new business opportunities within smart city infrastructure.

V2X technology allows vehicles to communicate with one another, with other road users and road infrastructure, enhancing road safety and mobility. The main focus of any V2X solution is safety. As a reliable non-line-of-sight sensor working in all environments and weather conditions, it helps prevent road collisions and avoid dangerous situations. In manned vehicles, V2X systems convey important information to the driver in the form of alerts and notifications and can also actuate the vehicle in dangerous situations. In autonomous vehicles, V2X complements existing sensors, allowing them to make more informed decisions as well as easing their interaction with other road users.

Autotalks CEO Hagai Zyss said, “Having a top global car manufacturer such as Hyundai invest directly in Autotalks is not only a vote of confidence in the company but a testament to the growing V2X market. Hyundai’s pursuit of cutting-edge communication and safety technologies is a perfect match with Autotalks’ leading V2X capabilities. The funding from Hyundai will fuel Autotalks’ technology roadmap as well as support our customers and partners all over the globe.”

“Connectivity is one of the core technologies that can be applied to smart city business models, as well as autonomous driving and infotainment,” said Yunseong Hwang, director of open innovation business group at Hyundai Motor Company. He added “Hyundai will continue to invest in disruptive technologies that are in line with Hyundai’s current and future strategic pillars.”

Autotalks principal investors are Toyota Motor Corporation and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Other investors including Gemini Israel Fund, Amiti Fund, Magma Venture Capital, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Delek Motors,  Liberty Ventures,  Vintage Investment Partners, Fraser McCombs Ventures, Samsung Catalyst Fund and Mirai Creation Investment Fund.

 

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