The Genesis eG80 will have Tesla-style technology.
Tesla's cars have continually improved over the years, with over-the-air software updates adding more range, performance, and technology features, enabling Tesla to stay ahead of the competition. Back in May, however, we learned that Genesis is plotting a new luxury electric sedan based on the Genesis G80 to take on the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
According to Korea's HankookIlbo, the Genesis eG80 will be Hyundai Group's first electric vehicle to offer Tesla-style over-the-air-updates. While the facelifted Genesis G90 and the new Hyundai Sonata and Kia Sorento already support wireless over-the-air-updates to update the navigation and multimedia, the eG80's over-the-air updates will be significantly more advanced. OTA updates will enable owners to update the Genesis eG80 with improved performance and range over time, as well as add new advanced driver assists and connectivity features.
"After introducing 'Mogen', the first connected service in Korea in 2003, more than 1 million users have accumulated data for 17 years, and we will be able to show stable and effective OTA services," a Hyundai Motor Group spokesperson told HankookIlbo. "In addition to changes in vehicles such as error correction, we will develop into various services such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous driving suitable for the connected car era in the future."
Hyundai is also conscious about the potential security issues of using over-the-air updates but assures that technology is being developed to prevent hacking. "It is true that the more important the security issues are, the more active the OTA is, so TF and researchers are developing technologies to prevent hacking. It's important to build and make a safe vehicle that is free from human damage," the spokesperson said.
As for technical details, sources claim the Genesis eG80's battery pack will enable the electric sedan to last 310 miles on a single charge, while the car will likely be built around Hyundai's skateboard platform. As part of a joint venture between Hyundai and Samsung, the Genesis eG80 will also support Level 3 autonomous technology enabling the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel but will still need to stay alert while driving to take over if required.
Advanced driver assists will reportedly include smart cruise control, pre-active safety seat, forward collision-avoidance assist, and blind-spot collision avoidance assist. Expect Hyundai's advanced over-the-air technology to be rolled out in future EVs after the Genesis eG80. By 2025, Hyundai Motor Group plans to launch 14 new electric models including the Genesis eG80, while Genesis will electrify every model by 2024.