Few things satisfy as much as being proven right. Even rightish. We recently wrote about the collaboration between Hyundai and computer maker NVIDIA, where we speculated that the planned computing power would be overkill if only used as stated. We then went on a tangent about artificial intelligence (AI) and how this would change motoring.
Nobody has ever said: “I could really do with some time in the hospital.” Hospitals are scary and lonely, impersonal and full of strange smells and sounds. And patients are there because they are ill, so the external factors are magnified by them feeling unwell, maybe scared. Now multiply all that by a small child and hospitalisation becomes an ordeal.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is like a knife. You can use it to do good, or you can wield it to do harm. Thing is, once the knife was invented – no-one wanted to ban it because no-one could imagine living without it. So it is with AI. Elon Musk considers it one of the greatest dangers to mankind. Elon Musk also actively invests in and develops AI to make his cars better.
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.