Technology that makes MG Hector the Internet Car


iSmart Next Gen is an integrated solution. It consists of Hardware housed in a 10.4”
Head Unit that acts as the control centre. Integrated within the system is the OS
developed by MG India. iSmart comes with embedded connectivity solution, maps
and navigation services, voice assistant, pre-loaded infotainment content,
emergency and concierge services and built in apps. It also supports Over The Air
(OTA) updates.

The MG Hector Internet Car with iSmart Next Gen has been built in partnership with
leading Global Technology companies, Cisco, Unlimit, Microsoft, Nuance, TomTom,
Gaana, Accuweather, SAP, iTeligence, Adobe, Cognizant and Panasonic. MG
Hector Internet car is a car that would understand and obey voice commands. A car
that will always stay connected to the internet. A car that can be controlled remotely
via mobile App. A car that has safety and security features never imagined before,
from passenger safety to emergency response to cyber security. The system has
built in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities to learn and improve
user experiences over time. The first car in India that would keep upgrading with
OTA updates. It is not just a car, it is a whole new experience in Connected Mobility.
The brain of the system is housed in a large 10.4” Head Unit, the largest in its
category of cars, bigger than most tablets available in the market. The Head Unit
comes with preloaded entertainment content which will be refreshed periodically
Over The Air (OTA).

Consumers prefer to use their mobile devices vertically, which is why MG has
mounted the Head Unit vertically. The beautifully designed head unit gives all the
information at a glance which allows the user to control all vehicle functionalities with
just a touch.

The screen offers different themes, based on user preference. The screen has been
built and tested for extreme climatic conditions prevalent in India.


MG Hector iSmart Next Gen comes with in-built connectivity solution. It has an
embedded Machine to Machine (M2M) eSIM. The platform is Internet Protocol
Version 6 (IPV6) and 5G ready. This is the first car in the segment to be launched
with such a sim.
Unlimit has worked closely with Cisco on their Jasper platform to develop a robust
solution that stays connected. Airtel is the telecom partner for connectivity.
The connected mobility solution makes possible several services for the Head Unit,
Vehicle Functions & Remote operations through iSMART environment.
The connectivity solution has been developed by MG in Thailand, China and India
and is set to go west as the first truly Connected MG program, starting with UK later

in 2019. The solution gets continuous upgrades thanks to Cisco’s development
around the world and Unlimit’s continuous development for MG India. All such
development and upgrades would be available on the iSmart system as they are
released globally. This will make sure the system is always up to date.
Connected Mobility solution in MG cars would make possible a number of services
like remote tracking and location, geo fencing, automated emergency response,
music and content streaming, geo fencing, up to date maps, real time navigation,
control via mobile app and most importantly Over The Air Updates.

OTA (Over the Air) Updates

MG India is introducing OTA feature for the first time in India. This will make sure MG
cars get updated as when new updates are available. Much like on smartphones or
tablets. Thus, the system would periodically receive new look and themes for the
screen, new infotainment content and updates to maps to keep them latest always.
The updates would also include updates for OS and Firmware. The vehicle will have
the ability to receive new features and upgrades from time to time via OTA.
Smartphones have developed significantly in the last decade, thanks to frequent
updates. MG iSmart is making a beginning with OTA for cars. Developers and
partners over time would be able to bring in many more features and services,
unimaginable today. All available to MG car owners via a simple update. This
presents immense exciting possibilities.

Privacy and Cyber Security

Data related to driver and vehicle analytics, will be stored locally in the Microsoft
Azure Cloud DC in India. The platform provides an impregnable defence to the
system and all data stored. MG has been working with Microsoft around the world to
ensure utmost standards of cyber security are available to our environment.
MG has been working with Microsoft around the world to ensure utmost standards of
cyber security are available to our system. Like all other components of the iSmart
System, cyber security is also regularly updated to provide protection against all
future threats.


MG Hector iSmart system comes with a cloud enabled, AI based Voice Assistant,
enabling over 100 voice commands to control the vehicle. These include commands
like open sun roof, Climate Control, open window, radio controls (AM, FM, DRM),
inside the vehicle, search embedded songs and navigate to places.
This Voice Assistant has been built for MG India by Nuance. The assistant has been
trained for Indian English and accents. It has advanced AI enabled Machine
Learning capability to learn and customise itself to each user over time.
Apart from accents, the system also recognises differences in semantics in speech.
This is the way each person constructs sentences. To overcome the challenge

Nuance applied NLU learning (Natural language Understanding). It has adaptive
feature – DDFW including voice recognition VoCon hybrid, TTS Vocalizer embedded
and speech signal processing SSE for barge-in and beamforming for MG vehicles.
All these technical terms simply mean, the best recognition of Indian voice and
accents ever.
The system would keep getting better with backend development and AI based
learning. All such improvements would be available via OTA to the users.


All MG cars would come with E-Call feature. This is an instant emergency response
system. In case of a condition where airbags are deployed, E-Call is automatically
triggered. A message via the connected system is transmitted with exact location, to
a response team at Pulse Hub, MGs customer centre. Pulse Hub instantly calls to
reach the vehicle’s Head Unit. If no response, calls the owners phone to check and if
no response, calls the emergency contact.


The MG Hector’s iSMART enables concierge services. When the I-call is pressed, a
message is sent to a customer service agent at Pulse Hub. The agent calls the
owner on his phone to enquire how they could help? Customer may place a range of
requests that they may have while on the roads. These may include queries on
finding locations on places. Pulse Hub not just guides but can also send POI (Point
of Interest) onto the Head Unit of the car, where the navigation system takes on. A
delightful experience that hands off seamlessly from technology to people to technology.


MG Hector iSmart comes with embedded maps and navigation solution from
TomTom, the global leaders in automotive navigation. TomTom has over 600 M
vehicles on roads around the world using their solution. This solution has gained
leadership because it provides always up-to-date maps and real time traffic data.
The map and navigation data are updated real time with inputs from all the 600
million vehicles which allows TomTom to re-map large cities on a daily basis.
TomTom also offers IQMaps, a feature that would make locating and navigating a lot


MG Hector iSmart would be pre-loaded with the Gaana App and premium account
with ad-free music and download capability. This would offer owners largest
collection of latest music, smart playlists and personalised recommendations.
Gaana has made full use of the large 10.4” Head Unit to offer more visibility to song
artworks and added features that have made it easier to get entertained. This is a
first of its kind car entertainment solution available in India.


Accuweather App comes embedded in the system. It provides real time updates on
weather at location. Thus, weather conditions are available always to the driver
helping them take necessary action under inclement weather.


Every MG Hector owner would also get a downloadable iSmart App for their mobile
phones. The app, when fired up, scans the car and instantly presents information on
its location and whether the car is fully locked. Via the app the user can carry out a
series of actions
 Vehicle scanning to check pre-defined parameters
 Fuel level & vehicle range
 Lock/ unlock status
 Lock/ unlock the vehicle remotely
 Remotely switch on the Climate control on a hot day when the car has been
standing in the sun
 Find my car [Honking/Lights blinking/walk or drive to car]
 Set geo fencing. Most useful when loved ones are travelling in the car.
 Security alert
 Abnormal tyre pressure notification
 Vehicle Management
 Create travel plan & Push it to vehicle
 iSMART Smart Drive helps users to drive smartly
 Speed Alert
 MG Network information
 Departure Notification


MG starts its relationship with a customer long before they have owned an MG. Their
website and other digital assets allow customers to find all information at one place
conveniently and know more as they desire. This seamless customer experience is
provided via Adobe Experience Cloud.
Adobe and Cognizant have worked close together to develop a digital experience for
MG India never seen before with a cloud manufacturer in this market. The system
will learn from customers and with time offer even more.


MG India collaborates with SAP – the world leader in enterprise business software, to
provide a connected customer experience on SAP’s next generation front-office
suite. SAP enables MG Motors stakeholders be it their dealers, service centres or
customers to remain connected on an integrated platform. With the seamless flow of

real-time data across all the processes from marketing to pre-sales to sales to post-
sales service.
SAP technology empowers MG Motors to personalise, capture individual
preferences and proactively address the choices of prospective customers whenever
they are engaged with MG Motors. As and when the customer walks into a
dealership for the information, their choices are easily recognized, captured and
remembered. This state of art interaction updates the data real-time. Ensuring the
customer does not have to repeat their queries or requests each time. Making it a
smooth interaction and a lot faster for the customer to buy and own a MG Motor car.
SAP’s world class DMS ensures proactive service reminders and required details of
the car are available in the iSmart App. The intelligent system automatically alerts
the service station when the car reaches recognising the requirements and notifying
the dealer service representative. Customers can thereafter, monitor the progress of
service status real-time and are alerted when the car is ready.
SAP’s front office to back office integrated platform has given MG Motor India one of
its kind connected customer experience. iTelligence implemented the SAP suite of
solutions that have been designed to adapt multiple screen formats, from mobile
phones, to tablets to computers and large display screens at the dealerships. Display
solutions have been optimized by Panasonic.

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