For the CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Hyundai prepared its own vision of future mobility, including hyper-connected car platform to seamlessly link mobility with the home and workplace, as well as alternative solutions for personal mobitlity.


The main focus of Hyundai's CES 2017 presentation are the two autonomous Ioniq Electric vehicles, capable of independently driving and navigating test routes in the Las Vegas boulevards as part of ongoing live demonstrations and advanced trials in urban environments. Autonomous drive is supported by lidars (laser radar technology), which are hidden behind the Autonomous IONIQ's front bumper instead of being traditionally roof-mounted. This way, the prototypes are design-wise much closer to standard cars.

According to Hyundai Motor's, Hyundai vehicles have reached such a high level of autonomity that they now can navigate the most challenging situations safely, including high levels of pedestrian traffic, stop lights and signs, road construction and road blocks, speed bumps, dogs, small children and even intersections without traffic signals.

And that's not all. Hyundai used the opportunity of appearing at CES to also demonstrate how the 'hyper-connected car' will be central to buying greater convenience, comfort and enjoyment to tomorrow's lifestyles. Bringing to life such hyper-connected intelligent cars, Hyundai Motor is collaborating with Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT and security technology. Together they will develop a platform optimised for connected cars, which will help enable two-way communication both internally between the car's system and externally with road infrastructure, other vehicles, internet of Things (loT) devices, and the cloud.

The car will be part of "Mobility Vision" and The Smart House concept shown at CES that seamlessly integrates the car into the daily lives of users, blurring the line between mobility and customer's living and working spaces. The concept demonstrated how the vehicle – when docked - could integrate itself with the living space by being 'directly connected' with the home, while users could enter and leave the car with ease and without interruption.

Hyundai Motor is also presenting 'Health + Mobility Concept' – the company knows how important health is for the driver as well as the passengers, so with that in mind, they presented a future vision for health-conscious vehicles that connect mobility and wellness. The cockpit has been hence equipped with a series of sensors that enable interactive health-conscious technology to monitor the health and well-being of the passengers.

An immersive virtual reality room demonstrates how in-car conditions can be created to better manage stress and associated consequences resulting from commuting, allowing drivers to intentionally shift modes for increased personal productivity or relaxation. Also revealed were the new wearable powered robots, advanced assistive exoskeletons for medical, work and daily life. A workplace-focused exoskeleton for example provides upper-body and hip support to prevent back injuries for workers lifting heavy objects, while the ones to be used in daily life and medicibe support patients with lower spinal cord injuries, or provide stroll support for the elderly in everyday life.

Last, but not least, let us also mention the unveiling of the foldable IONIQ Scooter, a lightweight, electrically-powered portable-mobility concept, that allows passengers to continue the last few meters of their journey after parking until they reach their final destination. During the drive, IONIQ Scooter can be conveniently stored and even charged in the front door of the IONIQ Electric.

Jan. 7, 2017 Driving photo: Hyundai

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