South Korea's Hyundai Motor has agreed to set up its first global bid data center in China's Guizhou Province mainly for the joint development of connected cars.
Hyundai, the world's fifth-largest carmaker, said in a statement released in Seoul that a strategic deal was signed with Gui Zhou province during a forum at Guiyang on Tuesday. The center, set to open in June 2017, will gather and analyze various transport-related data to help the two sides develop connected cars and services.
"By developing big data as an economic growth engine, Guizhou has become an area with infinite potential," Hyundai's vice chairman Chung Eui-sun was quoted as saying. "This strategic deal will accelerate future auto technologies such as connected cars. Hyundai and China will both receive great benefits in their future development."
Guizhou has become one of the world's big data hotspots as tech giants such as Amazon and Chinese web service company Baidu have moved into the province's big data industrial complex.
A car connected to a wireless internet network interacts and communicates with devices in and out of the vehicle, providing user-friendly services such as autonomous driving as well as optimized features like self-diagnosis, maintenance and driver customized settings.
Hyundai's big data center will collect in-car and social data to build up resources for developing customized connected car services in China. The company aims to set up additional big data centers in other countries. Hyundai plans to connect all data centers together for customized services.
The center will be opened in June 2017.
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