- Leading technology used to make customers’ lives easier
- Interconnected services will blur lines between mobility and living and work spaces
- Driverless IONIQ experience in virtual reality
Hyundai Motor has revealed further developments for its future mobility strategy by demonstrating a suite of industry-leading technologies at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show which runs from 31 March to 9 April at the Korea International Exhibition Center west of Seoul.
The next generation of convergent technology under development includes a newly-developed Connected Car Service Platform (ccSP) platform and smart, hyper-connectivity innovations that focus on linking cars to customers’ lives, blurring the line between mobility and customers’ living and working spaces.
Connected Car Service Platform connects customers and cars
Hyundai displayed its latest vision for connecting cars to customers’ lives by announcing plans for its self-developed Connected Car Service Platform (ccSP) platform. This platform will allow customers to connect seamlessly to a variety of other IoT services offered by telecommunications providers and global appliance services.
Interconnected services will blur the lines between mobility, living and work spaces, with ‘Home to Car’ voice controlled operations allowing drivers to start their cars and open or close doors through speech. Meanwhile, ‘Car to Home’ options will connect customers with smart home services, including home lighting, climate control and audio systems.
“Controlling vehicles via voice assistant is something that could become commonplace in the not too distant future,” said Seung-Ho Hwang, executive vice president and head of the Auto Intelligence Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “We are working with various companies in Korea and around the world to ensure that all of our platforms are compatible and that Hyundai customers will be able to interact with the Internet of Things in ways that have not been possible before.”
The connectivity services demonstrated at the show will be available commercially in the next few years, with “Home to Car” services expected in 2018 and “Car to Home” operations available in the following year.
Connected Car roadmap reveals key service objectives
Hyundai presented key elements of its Connected Car roadmap at the show. Building on its philosophy of caring for customers, Hyundai revealed the four main objectives that will ensure smart connected technology provide greater convenience and efficiency for drivers:
- Proactive Caring – Regular monitoring of a car’s diagnostic information, paired with analysis of Big Data, can help to diagnose potential problems before they become an issue, enabling remote proactive maintenance of vehicles.
- Smart Convenience – Hyundai plans to offer customers regular updates to vehicle software and features, even when the car is being driven, ensuring the best customer experience and the latest vehicle and data security.
- Cost Efficiency – Hyundai aims to bring cost-saving efficiencies to customers by analysing their driving patterns and fuel economy history. This will provide highly accurate “distance to empty” advice and recommended routes for best fuel economy (and battery life where applicable).
- Connected Efficiency – Smart application management will ensure connectivity-reliant actions at optimum times, such as automatically updating software while the car is charging. Further efficiencies will be gained through monitoring factors that may impact on the driver each day, providing guidance, information or warnings as appropriate. For example, a weather checking service can deliver information to the driver to advise on the optimal time to wash the car.
Autonomous IONIQ experience in virtual reality
Visitors to the 2017 Seoul Motor Show can experience a driverless journey via immersive Virtual Reality (VR) simulators at the Hyundai Motor stand. A virtual trip in an autonomous IONIQ shows how the advanced piloting capabilities of Hyundai’s latest technology enable the car to navigate without driver input through the most challenging situations safely.
With a sleek design resembling the rest of the IONIQ line-up, the autonomous IONIQ is one of the few self-driving cars being developed to have a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of on the roof. The car’s advanced self-driving systems are kept as simple as possible by integrating existing functions from the production model, including the Smart Cruise Control system’s forward-facing radar and Lane Keeping Assist cameras.
The Smart House concept brings car to life
Hyundai presented its Smart House concept at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show, revealing the potential reach of its advanced Future Mobility technologies. The working Smart House exhibit provides a vision of how the car could be integrated with the daily lives of users, converging mobility and customer’s living and working spaces.
The concept suggests how cars could integrate with our living spaces when docked, before becoming a mobile living space when customers need to move around. Hyundai’s vision sees customers living, without interruption, while on the move as the comfort, convenience and connectivity features of the car and the home are combined into ‘one space’.
Asian debut for futuristic FE Fuel Cell Concept, the next generation of fuel cell vehicle
Hyundai has revealed its trailblazing Future Eco (FE) Fuel Cell Concept to Asian audiences for the first time, reaffirming its commitment to hydrogen-powered vehicle development. Hyundai has established itself as a global leader in hydrogen transportation by being the world’s first manufacturer to mass-produce a fuel cell vehicle.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept begins a new chapter for Hyundai by hinting at the form and capabilities of a forthcoming production FCEV due for launch in February of 2018. The new model will feature advanced driver assistance technologies, alongside an extensive hydrogen-powered range that moves Hyundai closer toward realising its ultimate ambition of creating a zero-emission Hydrogen Energy Society.
The concept car is designed to run for more than 800 km between refuelling, acknowledging the currently limited hydrogen infrastructure, and features a host of clever technologies to enhance customer comfort, convenience and safety. One of the most notable characteristics of the new concept is its internal air humidifier, which recycles water emitted by the car’s clean hydrogen energy circulation to create a more comfortable cabin environment.
Hyundai celebrates IONIQ Hybrid world record
Hyundai is also using the 2017 Seoul Motor Show to celebrate its setting of the land-speed record for a production-based hybrid car. Visitors can see the specially-prepared Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid that set an FIA-approved record of 157,825 mph last year at the world-renowned Bonneville Salt Flats, achieving a peak exit speed of 160,7 mph in the process.
Hyundai’s ambition for high-speed driving
Hyundai is showcasing its current i20 Coupe WRC challenger that is competing in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Based on the Hyundai i20 Coupe, it is enhanced in line with the WRC’s 2017 technical regulations that allow for greater power and greater aerodynamic downforce.
Hyundai is also displaying its striking high-performance N concept, the RN30, that was first introduced during last year’s Paris Motor Show. The motorsport-inspired racing concept was developed in close collaboration with Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG), Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development and High-Performance Vehicle Division.