Airbag popping. The definitive signal that your journey has ended prematurely. The idea of an airbag was patented by two British dentists in 1919 – I did not ask why and neither should you. In its modern guise, it started taking shape in the ‘50s and early sixties and was first used commercially in the ‘70s.
I have seen the future and it needs work. This work will entail trying to figure out exactly what and how mobility in the future will be. Note the use of mobility as opposed to cars – that distinction at least is clear.
In a joint effort, Hyundai and Kia have developed a new predictive transmission control system. This new automatic system takes into account traffic and topography to minimise wasteful shifts which will also help improve fuel efficiency.
Hyundai has unveiled its electric flying car concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The South Korean automaker announced that they will be partnering with Uber to develop their eVTOL air taxi. It will be able to fly on trips of up to 100 km with a cruising speed of up to 290 km/h transporting four passengers.
The hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo has broken the world distance record by travelling 778 km on a single ‘tank’. It beat the previous record by some margin as it still had another 49 km range left at the end of the journey.
Battery electric vehicles (BEV) are reaching new heights. Literally. In December Hyundai announced its BEV version of the popular Hyundai Kona will be the first EV to reach Mount Everest’s North Base Camp, a 700km journey with a climb to 5 800m. Why is this important? Let’s have a look at electric vehicles and try and get some perspective.
The Hyundai Motor Company has announced its new roadmap, Strategy 2025, with a focus on securing their position as industry leaders in smart mobility. Strategy 2025 will underpin the automaker’s core business pillars – Smart Mobility Device and Smart Mobility Service.
There used to be a time when it was assumed that things were noisy out there on road – horns blaring, trucks passing in a flurry of sound, wipers, wheels on tarmac, wind whipping past, you name it; noise comes at you from everywhere when you get on the highway. Happily, forward-thinking auto manufacturers like Hyundai have made it their mission to find a way for motorists to enjoy a quieter, more comfortable ride.
There is a new word in the self-driving lexicon: platooning. Specifically, this refers to large freight trucks in convoy at the speed limit, each less than 17m behind the one in front. Sounds crazy? Let’s talk about it.
The problem with disasters is that the terrain often becomes disastrous. Earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes, avalanches, floods and man-made major oopsies usually leave the terrain impassable, even for the most rugged off-road vehicles. Weather and smoke can prevent the use of helicopters, even when there are enough to go around. First responders are often dropped at the edge of the debris field, then scramble for kilometres over broken terrain to find, stabilize and retrieve victims. And yet minutes are crucial when it comes to saving lives.