Hyundai Mobis has started a software training program at a cost of over USD1m at its research centre in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.

The Korea Herald reports that the aim is to boost its automotive software resource five-fold by 2025.

The newspaper also said the Hyundai Motor Group has widened the role of its research and development centres in India and Vietnam to serve as a global base to analyse information collected by the firm's self-developed automated vehicle.

"In the age of autonomous driving, we need software that functions properly in extreme conditions and protects vehicles from hacking, which is why Mobis has invested in the new program," Hyundai Mobis said, according to the Herald.

Through the software training program, the firm expects to produce about 4,000 automotive software professionals by 2025 from the current 800.

Automotive software developers will also receive mechanical training to design optimised self-driving software, the company said.

The role of Mobis' research centre in Hyderabad, a growing tech hub in India, was established in 2007 to test automotive software and has been expanded to put together software for automated driving along with multimedia software.

Besides analysing data collected by Mobis' autonomous car model M.Billy, the research centre will also factor in local road conditions to the autonomous driving simulation created there, teh company added.

With the goal to mass produce a self-developed level three self-driving system by 2022, Mobis is test-driving three units of M.Billy in Korea, the US and Germany, the newspaper added.