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.
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.
Electric vehicles continue to make headlines as Hyundai Motor North America has announced ambitious plans to expand its offering even further. They plan on adding 10 electrified, eco-friendly vehicles to its production line by the end of 2022.
There are two technologies competing to replace the internal combustion engine, but it is the poultry problem all over again – the chicken and eggs. Electric cars are popular where there is a mature electric car charging infrastructure. Expensive charging infrastructure gets built where there are lots of electric cars. But at least electricity generation and distribution are mature technologies with existing networks.
Luc Donckerwolke, the star designer behind the Hyundai Tucson and Genesis G80, among others, is back at the helm but this time in a brand new role as Chief Creative Officer (CCO). Hyundai Motor Co. created this role as part of its efforts to further bolster the automaker’s position as a global luxury brand.
Hyundai has revealed a teaser of its new concept car which they plan on launching in Europe soon. A recent silhouette of the Hyundai Soapbox car shares some design details with the 45 Concept Car which made headlines a little more than a year ago.
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.
Considering the competitive nature of the SUV market, introducing the Hyundai Palisade couldn’t have come at a better time. Looking back, Hyundai’s large SUV history in South Africa doesn’t make for good reading except for the Hyundai Terracan. At the time, seasoned off-roaders considered it a more cost-effective option to the Land Cruiser which is impressive in itself.
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.