Hon Hai Group moves into software development for auto apps

Hon Hai Group (Foxconn) has announced the establishment of a Software R&D centre with over 1,000 engineers, creating platforms such as smart cockpits, gateways, and autonomous driving.

Dr Zhang Yang, founder of AutoCore.ai, Dr Shinpei Kato, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Tier IV, as well as Dr Xu Hongmin, CTO of Mobile Drive spoke at Hon Hai Tech Day 2021 on the nature of the collaboration as well as their views on the role of the platform, shared data, computing and applications in electric vehicle software development.

Following the unveiling of three electric vehicle models on 18 October, HHTD21 breakout discussions on electric vehicles attracted hundreds of software developers and scholars in the field of software innovation.

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Conference participants discussed the application of Smart cockpit and ride experience as well as intelligent vehicle software such as AutoCore OS. Discussions also revolved around how to achieve the next generation of EV Zonal electronic and electrical architecture, including a demonstration of how safe vehicles work in real-life environments.

Young Liu, Chairman of Hon Hai Technology Group, said that Hon Hai has begun to transform into a software defined enterprise. As the electric vehicle business develops and matures, Hon Hai will look to launch its open platform and other software. The group will also introduce enhancements on the software platform over time.

Hon Hai also announced that it will set up a software R&D centre with more than 1,500 “application talents” within the group, and expects to recruit more than 1,000 senior software R&D engineers within three years, as an important starting point for “software-defined Hon Hai” of the future. The group welcomes those who are interested in the field of electric vehicle software to driving the future smart electric car together.

…an important starting point for “software-defined Hon Hai” of the future

In the afternoon session of the HHTD21, top industry experts in the field of electric vehicle software development were invited to share their latest research findings and insights. Dr. Xu Hongmin, CTO of Mobile Drive shared his views on the development of Smart Cockpit and how to integrate AI technology into core services to provide a safe and advanced driving experience.

Dr Zhang Yang, founder of AutoCore.ai, who is a world-renowned expert on smart electric vehicle development, shared his insights into automobile software and the success of AutoCore.ai as an EV computing platform independent of SoC. He demonstrated how the platform can provide low cost, low power, scalable and reliable systems development with safety. Doing so will allow it to function as an in-vehicle communication backbone.

Dr Shinpei Kato, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Tier IV, as a key strategic partner in the development of electric vehicle software, delivered a keynote discussing smart autonomous driving and showcased how Tier IV uses Autoware to drive autonomous vehicle commercialisation and industry verification. He also talked about its collaboration with Hon Hai on self-driving integrated solutions and its plans globally.

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