Now at the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, Hyundai has declared: “A small step for a valve, a giant leap for valve kind.”
Okay, that is a bit of a stretch, but some kind of valve timing control has been around for fifty years, and Hyundai has just added the crucial next step.
Technology can be both good and bad. Flight has allowed us to break the bonds of gravity and travel easily to far lands, to space. It has also led to aerial warfare, the horrors stretching from Guernica to Hiroshima, Indochina to 9/11. Flight is not good or bad, it’s how you use it…
“I have spent the entire afternoon in the car, but no trip was more than four kilometres long.” This was an actual quote from a work-from-home mom in Cape Town’s southern suburbs.
If you have two kids or more at more than one school, chances are that this is your life. Every afternoon is an extra-mural merry go round.
Around a decade ago hydrogen fuel cell vehicles were considered the solution to our dirty road networks, with only water coming out the exhaust and refueling that takes the same time as filling with petrol or diesel.
The Hyundai Motor Group has announced the development of an industry-first smartphone app that allows users to customise primary vehicle functions. This is better known as ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing performance-based technology’. Drivers simply access the mobile app using their smartphones to change the performance output of their Hyundai.
Hyundai Motor Group is leading the research and development of what they are calling – the world’s first multi-collision airbags. Hyundai safety engineers have invented this innovative technology designed to protect people from multiple collisions. Three out of every 10 accidents involve multiple collisions and this new system will significantly improve all-around safety.
For many people, the ability to hear is something we often take for granted. Imagine driving without hearing anything like sirens, horns or other vehicles. You soon realise that hearing-impaired drivers have so much more to worry about but Hyundai believes that their new cutting edge technology can make a noticeable difference.
The CES 2019 event showed impressive developments but none more so than the Hyundai Elevate, a robotic multi-purpose concept car. It has wheels to travel normally on roads while the robotic legs enable the Hyundai Elevate to walk, climb or crawl over all types of terrain.
Hyundai has launched a world first in smart car technology using fingerprints instead of car keys. Not only does it allow drivers to unlock car doors but also start their vehicles. The plan is to initially implement the fingerprint scanning technology into the new Hyundai Santa Fe SUV model due for release in selected markets during the first quarter of 2019. Future plans are also in place to include a customised driving experience based on personal preferences.
The new year is upon us and by the looks of things 2019 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Hyundai divisions around the globe. It may not exactly be breaking news as such, but we are very proud to announce that our parent company has launched an open innovation partnership with Brown University in the USA. Last year’s Visionary Challenge focussed on future mobility solutions and saw 80 individuals from 17 teams competing.