Navigation technology moves drivers into the future
Imagine what the future of cars could look like. In the past, cars were used to transport passengers and heavy items. But now, cars also assume the role of a personal assistant, providing a variety of information and entertainment. As the fourth industrial revolution shifts industrial structures and blurs the boundaries between industries, the automotive industry is poised for change.
Hyundai MNSOFT, a leading navigation developer, is driving in-car infotainment innovation—one of the core technologies in the future era of self-driving cars—by building high-definition maps called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). In particular, Hyundai MNSOFT is on the cutting edge of navigation technology, with its closer-to-reality 3D navigation software built into Hyundai vehicles available in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Hyundai MNSOFT is also doubling down on connected cars. A connected car equipped with Internet access offers safety and convenience. It also enables in-car infotainment, which includes wayfinding as well as entertainment, such as music and other audio content. Hyundai MNSOFT also provides a wide array of infotainment services, ranging from digital maps to navigation software and an autonomous driving ecosystem.
Managing design updates in real time
Developing a core navigation software often comes with quite a few challenges.
“Given our product’s global availability, we have to take a variety of platforms into consideration. Regional specification requirements have also become complicated,” says Eun-Soo Kim, Team Leader of the Design Lab at Hyundai MNSOFT. “To release a new navigation system to the market, we need to collaborate and communicate with a variety of teams—be it internal or external—including car manufacturers, system providers, designers, developers, and third-party vendors. Also, we have to be able to share results with all the designers.”
In doing so, it is critical for Hyundai MNSOFT to keep design data up-to-date. “Data modified by many designers should be reflected as current data. But there were limitations on sharing data through our local server,” says Hee-Kyoung Son, Senior Researcher of the Design Lab. “We would spend a lot of time reviewing data and manually making requests to the team members who were responsible for finding out where the latest data was. We were not able to review results in real time.”
Building up a central repository that allows designers to easily access, manage, and update map designs in real time, as well as streamline the way they communicate with one another, was the key challenge. To help designers manage updates and collaborate more effectively, Hyundai MNSOFT adopted Adobe Experience Manager Assets.r Weiss.