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Hyundai opens its latest Innovation Center in Singapore

A roof-deck test track, a farm, and so much more

The Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore is just one of the company's many future-forward facilities around the world. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The Hyundai Motor Group has opened up its first smart urban mobility hub in Singapore, which is aptly named Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore (HMGICS).

This 86,900sq-m facility aims to be the automaker’s new “smart urban mobility hub.” It has been operational since early this year, with the target of putting out at least 30,000 EVs per annum.

But the automaker wants it to be more than just another manufacturing hub that churns out the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi, and eventually the Ioniq 6.

This is more than just an EV assembly facility that uses a traditional production line. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

It focuses on a human-centric manufacturing approach—marrying people, robotics, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.

It utilizes unique aspects such as a cell-based production system instead of conveyor-belt manufacturing, allowing for a greater level of customization (such as exterior color and interior trim) without disrupting the flow of production.

Around 50% of the tasks in the plant are done using 200 robots, freeing up humans to focus on more creative and productive duties. Plus, employees can simulate these tasks in the metaverse, while robots are the ones moving the components on the production line.

Visitors and customers will have an unforgettable experience in the facility. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

Guests can test-drive vehicles around the Jurong Innovation District, or they can push the limits on the 618m roof-deck course called Skytrack. And a unique handover zone is also present to make the start of a customer’s ownership even more memorable.

Hyundai even grows its own greens in-house in this facility. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

Finally, the facility also houses a Smart Farm, where up to nine different crops are produced. Apart from these plants being given as mementos to visitors, the produce is donated to local communities and also used to bolster Singapore’s food self-sufficiency.

Come the second quarter of 2024, customers can also eat these at the upcoming farm-to-table restaurant found within the vicinity.

This amazing place can be found at 2 Bulim Link in the Jurong Innovation District of Singapore, and is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm.

Sam Surla

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