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Automated transport part of Hyundai’s ‘Smart City’ vision

Hyundai's Smart City

Hyundai has unveiled a Smart City of the future which will be connected through road infrastructure in an underground layer.

The concept was exhibited at the World Cities Summit in Singapore and represents the company’s vision for smart cities and illustrates how it will empower them with sustainable and smart mobility solutions. It will serve as a guideline for developing smart mobility solutions that support smart cities around the world while revitalising their urban communities, it says.

During the development of the model, the Group also affirmed its smart city philosophies, which are ‘human-centred, coexist with nature, and embrace the future.’

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) president and chief innovation officer, Youngcho Chi, said: “The HMG Smart City master model is our vision for a human-centred city that will revitalise urban communities. In the future smart cities, our ambition is for humankind to live with nature while embracing technology.

“Our air and ground mobility solutions will redefine urban boundaries, connect people in meaningful ways, and revitalise cities. We will continue to work with governments around the globe to bring our smart city vision to reality, while rapidly advancing capabilities in future mobility solutions.”

The HMG Smart City concept, inspired by a honeycomb pattern, is a hexagonal-shaped city with a human-centred surface layer, and function-centred underground layer. On the surface layer, the buildings encircle nature, in the form of parks and forest, which sit at the centre of the city, effectively minimizing the gross area developed by humankind.

The buildings are divided into three sections by population density – high, medium and low. The density decreases nearer the parks and forests in the city centre, affording people an unobstructed view of nature from any part of the city.

Buildings are arranged within these sections according to their purposes. For instance, it says, city landmarks will be in the high-density area, while security infrastructure will be located in the medium density area, enabling effortless access to any section.

The city will be connected through road infrastructure in the underground layer. All goods and services will be transported underground via autonomous mobility to each region’s automated logistics hub, where autonomous robots will make the final delivery.

Residents will travel between cities by the advanced air mobility (AAM). The AAM vehicles will land and take off from a series of the Hub 2.0 towers, which combine residential and office areas with AAM ports at the top of the building.

The HMG Smart City concept also envisions a sustainable green city where large natural areas are preserved. The city centre will feature recreational forests, parks, and a reservoir to provide water for the city. To ensure carbon neutrality, the city’s primary power source will be hydrogen, distributed through the smart grid pipelines to power buildings through hydrogen fuel cell generators.

Hyundai announced its vision for future cities and supporting smart mobility solutions at CES in 2020. Since then, the group has been developing smart mobility solutions rapidly. 

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