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2019 Hyundai Elevate Concept

2019 Hyundai Elevate Concept

Hyundai Elevate Can Walk As A Reptile or A Mammal Over Any Imaginable Terrain

I thought I had sen it all, but then Hyundai revealed the Elevate Concept, an Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), at this year’s CES. It is a car. Actually, a vehicle that can drive and that can walk. Yup, you’ve read that right. The Hyundai Elevate Concept is one of the latest projects that has developed in the minds of Hyundai designers heads from the Hyundai Cradle Center for Robotic-Augmented Design. These people are obviously buried into sci-fi, or, at least, into things that Boston Dynamics does with its robots. Hyundai Cradle created a vehicle that looks a bit like that Boston Dynamic cyberdog, or the Star Wars AT-AT walker. But the Hyundai Elevate Concept isn’t supposed to go to war (well, it is a bit). In fact, it is an out-of-the-box design exercise that shows the possibilities for an all-terrain vehicle that weren’t explored before.

And, with this, I do not imply comparing it with the machines that can conquer Moab. The Elevate Concept is a vehicle designed to help the unfortunate in search-and-rescue missions, on humanitarian missions, or to walk over terrain no vehicle has ever managed to traverse. Its go-anywhere capability is unmatched even by the most extreme offroad machines you can think of. All because of the robotic legs with tires linked on far ends. Actually, as I visually inspect the Elevate Concept, I am rather sure that a similar sketch exists somewhere in a NASA office in a drawer where all the rejected designs for Mars rovers reside. I get that vibe from this. It’s like Hyundai designers looked to create a vehicle for the Earth from the perspective of some “alien NASA” designers. I actually like it a lot.

The Hyundai Cradle, a Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences, that actually envisioned the vehicle, managed to craft something that goes well beyond what a standard car, or a truck, can do. The Hyundai Elevate Concept can walk, climb, and traverse almost every kind of terrain.

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Now Unlock Your Hyundai Santa Fe Using Your Fingerprint

Now Unlock Your Hyundai Santa Fe Using Your Fingerprint

So, how do you give your car to the valet?

The fingerprint scanning sensor in phones is not a big deal anymore, but it is still a gimmick, in its baby stage, in the auto industry. It is, however, found on the Bentley Bentayga on the center console to hide and secure your precious valuables. However, it is slowly crawling into mass cars as well, as Hyundai is about going to implement fingerprint recognition technology in its premium SUV, the Santa Fe.

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The future is now

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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Porsche and Hyundai are Looking to Add Augmented Reality to Future Models

Porsche and Hyundai are Looking to Add Augmented Reality to Future Models

Heads Up – This is the future

The images posted look like screenshots from a video game with so many details around the windshield, but this is the reality that might soon be seen in Porsches and Hyundais. The automakers have invested in a company called WayRay, which is basically into augmented reality. In simple words, your ordinary head-up display is going to get all the more intuitive with a lot more information.

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Hyundai and Cisco Present Faster, More Secure Car Networking Technology

Hyundai and Cisco Present Faster, More Secure Car Networking Technology

The goal is to load up future Hyundais with oodles of bandwidth

The growing partnership between the auto industry and Silicon Valley took center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show. One example that can be gleaned from these collaborations is the tie-up between Hyundai and Cisco. Together, the two companies revealed a new technology platform that brings 1 Gbps worth of Ethernet connectivity inside our cars. The technology sounds appealing for kids who will have no shortage of bandwidth to use inside a car, but the more important purpose of the tech is to allow automakers like Hyundai to load web-capable sensors and gadgetry in the name of accelerating the growth towards full-fledged autonomy.

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Watch Hyundai's Panoramic Sunroof Airbag In Action: Video

Watch Hyundai’s Panoramic Sunroof Airbag In Action: Video

Tipping the odds in your favor in a rollover

Compared to even just 10 years ago, modern automobiles are ludicrously, unbelievably safe. With a slew of new safety technologies, both passive and active, higher crash standards, and advanced airbag systems covering just about possible impact angle, your odds of walking away from a crash are pretty good these days. Now, Hyundai is looking to take that even further with airbags for vehicles equipped with a panoramic sunroof, a system designed to keep passengers safe in a rollover by padding the large glass openings with protective cushions, keeping those in the cabin from exiting the vehicle and preventing potential injury. You can watch the system in action in the above-featured video.

Shot at 1,000 frames per second, the video shows what appears to be the cabin space of an SUV careening sideways before tipping over, much like in a rollover crash. The sunroof airbag is quickly deployed, thus making sure the crash dummies inside the cabin stay inside the cabin. In a press release, Hyundai states this is the world’s first panoramic sunroof airbag system, and introduces a new technology with 11 patents pending as the brand moves into the premium SUV market. The bags deploy in just 0.8 seconds, and according to Hyundai, the system “prevented the passenger from being flung out of the car and cushioned the impact on the head. Serious injury likely to result in the death of the passenger were reduced to minor injuries.” The tech is expected to head to mass production status soon.

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Hyundai Developing New Smart Voice Control Tech

Hyundai Developing New Smart Voice Control Tech

More safety and convenience from the South Korean brand

Hyundai is gearing up to offer customers a new in-car voice control system that will integrate with numerous vehicle functions and even connected devices at home. Hyundai will preview the tech next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and bring it to production models starting in 2019.

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Hyundai And Pirelli's Tire Collaboration Proves The Importance of Rubbers

Hyundai And Pirelli’s Tire Collaboration Proves The Importance of Rubbers

These tires are created specifically for the Hyundai I30 N hatchback

The importance of good, quality tires in the day-to-day function of a car can’t be understated. It’s important enough that companies like Michelin and Bridgestone continue to spend money- to the tune of millions - to develop new technology and improve tire performance. For its part, Pirelli is in this same group, which is why it’s not a shock to learn that the Italian tire maker has collaborated with Hyundai to develop a specific set of tailor-made tires that will be exclusively used by the Hyundai i30 N.

It’s no secret that Hyundai has high hopes for the success of the i30 N. Considered as the backbone of the Korean automaker’s just-launched N Performance division, part of that success hinges on how the hot hatch will compete against its more established rivals, including the Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Developing these exclusive tires, called the Pirelli P Zero Ultra High-Performance summer tires, is one way to do that, since, according to Pirelli, they were developed specifically for the i30 N’s driving characteristics. The tires even find their roots in the company’s “Perfect Fit” portfolio, a sub-segment of Pirelli that creates individual tires for specific applications. All put together; the P Zero UHPs were instrumental in helping the i30 N log a staggering 6,213 miles (10,000 kilometers) around the Nurburgring. Whether all of that testing and development is enough to help the hot hatch compete against the old guards of the segment remains to be seen, but you can’t deny that Hyundai is going all-out to make sure that its first offering under the N performance brand lives up to the hype.

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Hyundai Health Care Cockpit Shows The Future Of Stress-Free Driving

Hyundai Health Care Cockpit Shows The Future Of Stress-Free Driving

That J-couch looks particularly comfortable

By now, it’s not hard to imagine what automakers are capable of showcasing when it comes to technological advancements in the industry. It’s hardly a surprise then to see a company like Hyundai troop to the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce a new concept cockpit that can not only monitor the health of its occupants, but also manage stress levels that are often produced by driving.

The concept itself is called the Health + Mobility Cockpit and like most prototypes of its status, it’s been designed to include features that are not readily available in today’s market, but could end up getting there provided that advancements in technology pave the way for that opportunity. Among the pertinent features of the Health + Mobility Cockpit is what Hyundai calls “Mood Bursts,” which uses sensors to detect a driver’s specific mood at any given point in time while he’s driving. In the event that the system detects the driver losing concentration, an “Alert Burst” is triggered in the cabin. Conversely, a “Calm Burst” is activated when the system detects that the driver’s stress levels are increasing. Seems ideal for traffic situations.

It’s largely unclear how these “bursts” manifest themselves inside the cabin, but at least one example for the “Alert Burst” comes in the form of the system automatically adjusting the driver’s seat in a more upright position in the event that the driver is losing focus on his driving.

Not surprisingly, lighting manipulation is another prominent feature of the Health + Mobility Cockpit since there have been numerous scientific studies done on the effects of light and color to a person’s mood and awareness. According to Hyundai, the cockpit is capable of adjusting its lights system depending on the mood of the driver with specific levels attributed to warm and cool lighting. Likewise, the system is also capable of manipulating the smell inside the cockpit, thanks in part to what the company refers to as an “advanced scent system” that disperses different aromas like eucalyptus and peppermint depending, once again, on the mood and energy levels of the driver.

Physically, the steering wheel-less Health + Mobility Cockpit looks like your garden variety concept interior, which is to say that it’s a fresh interpretation of a cabin that has yet to be done in the current landscape of the industry. Instead of the traditional seating configuration, this cabin features one executive chair in the front that can swivel at least 180 degrees and a J-shaped lounge couch on the back that extends to the front passenger area where a chair is noticeably absent. Up front is a horizontal block dashboard that extends from end of the interior to the other and atop the dash sits an equally long and massive digital display unit that contains every pertinent configuration and information needed by the car.

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Hyundai Reveals Latest Version Of Iron Man-Like Exoskeleton Suit

Hyundai Reveals Latest Version Of Iron Man-Like Exoskeleton Suit

Wearable exoskeleton suits could really be a thing in the future

Automakers that have the financial resources like Hyundai are just as likely to use that money in developing new automotive technology as they are in venturing into a different tech industry altogether. The Korean automaker proved as much when it unveiled the Hyundai Lifecaring ExoSkeleton (H-LEX) in 2015. Now, Hyundai’s back with a modified version of the prototype, which it says is lighter and more functional than the first version.

The new exoskeleton suit is said to provide the same types of functionality as the H-LEX suit, except that the new version is much lighter than its predecessor, thus making it easier to use. It’s not exactly Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit just yet, but Hyundai has made it known that it wants its prototype to eventually have similar functions to what the Iron Man suits are capable of, minus, of course, the weaponized capabilities.

Those who are familiar with the Marvel character will know that outside of all the weapons Stark’s Iron Man suits can carry, it’s also an excellent transportation device, allowing him to fly just about anywhere. It also gives him super strength, something Hyundai claims its suit is already capable of doing. The Korean automaker also sees a number of functions for its suit that can be applied for real-world use.

Whether it’s for military use or production use, the suits are being developed by Hyundai to become more than just a showcase piece for its R&D division. It’s unclear how far Hyundai will take this development but if it’s as serious as it says it is about the long-term potential of its exoskeleton suits, it could prove to be a real game-changing equipment for a lot of industries.

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Hyundai Launches Blue Link App for Apple Watch

Hyundai Launches Blue Link App for Apple Watch

Hyundai has just announced a new update for its Blue Link app that enables Apple Watch users to control various car functions from their wrists. The app and associated update is currently available for free download at the App Store.

Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform enables features like remote engine start, remote engine stop (only available when the engine has been remotely started), remote door lock and unlock, remote flash lights, remote honk horn, car finder, vehicle status (which includes service information) and parking meter.

Users can activate these functions either by haptic controls (click the icon) or voice commands (hit the microphone icon and say something like “Find my car,” or “Start my car”). 

The update will work with both first and next-generation Blue Link-equipped Hyundai vehicles. The first-generation Blue Link system was offered on the 2012 Sonata and expanded across the automaker’s lineup throughout 2013. Next-gen Blue Link-equipped vehicles include the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, 2015 Hyundai Sonata and 2015 Hyundai Azera. 

Hyundai launched it’s Android Wear app at CES earlier this year, which included similar functionality to the Apple Watch app. Prior to this, Hyundai expressed interested in developing an app for Google Glass users, but canceled the project over insufficient demand for it. 

BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche, and other automakers are also developing their own Apple Watch apps. Hyundai is believed to be the first to bring their app to market.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Is The First To Offer Android Auto

2015 Hyundai Sonata Is The First To Offer Android Auto

The next generation of in-car connectivity is finally here, and it is one that comes with a focus on safety by reducing driver distractions. The newly redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata will begin offering Android Auto as standard equipment on cars equipped with a navigation system. As for buyers who have already purchased their 2015 Sonata, the system will be available later as a software update – again though, only on cars with navigation.

Of all the benefits of Android Auto, the biggest is that it allows drivers to fully integrate their Android smartphones (equipped with the latest Android “Lollipop” operating system), meaning that now you can leave your phone alone while you’re driving. Actually, drivers have no choice: when the car and phone are paired properly, the smartphone’s screen is automatically locked. To use the functions of their phones, drivers can use the audio controls on the steering wheel, the touch screen or even voice recognition. The downside is that it must be tethered through a USB cord to take full advantage of the technology, but the numerous safety benefits far outweigh this minor inconvenience.

Android Auto is able to run various Google Apps such as Google Maps, Google Play and Google Now, but it can also run many third-party apps such as iHeartRadio, TextMe, NPR, Stitcher and Skype. After the new Sonata, Android Auto will be available on a growing number of Hyundai cars and crossovers. As for the software update, current owners of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata can have Android Auto installed at no charge by their dealer, and later this year they’ll be able to do the download for free by themselves.

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Video: Hyundai Presents The Empty Car Convoy

Video: Hyundai Presents The Empty Car Convoy

Sometimes when you set out to prove something, the proof often times just isn’t enough for some folks. Naysayers and slanderers just eat your lunch. So it seems Hyundai has taken the extra step – or six in this case – to ensure the car-conscious public is well aware of the 2015 Genesis’ latest convenience safety features.

So to demonstrate the Genesis’ Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist system, Hyundai hired stunt driver Buddy Joe to lead the pack of driverless, yes driverless, Genesis sedans around an oval loop then subject them to a rather sudden stop. But executing the driverless car situation was a little more involved than one might think.

Lined up one after another, the drivers of all six Genesis sedan turned on both the smart cruise control and the lane keeping function before proceeding to exit the vehicle. Yep, the stunt drivers make use of the Genesis’ generous panoramic sunroof by climbing through it, only to jump to a moving semi truck pulled along side.

Without spoiling all the video’s fun, I can say it’s a pretty impressive stunt that seems hard to fake. The cars all followed each other perfectly (though seemingly at slow speeds) until the semi truck slammed on its brakes. Driverless, each car came to a complete stop without nary an issue. Nicely done, Hyundai. I’m impressed.

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Video: 2015 Hyundai Genesis - Blind Test Drives

Video: 2015 Hyundai Genesis - Blind Test Drives

Hyundai has put in the work to turn the 2015 Genesis sedan into a bonafide contender in the four-door luxury segment normally dominated by the likes of the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E Class. But the Genesis is knocking loudly on that door and with all the new safety technology added into the 2015 model.

To prove that its new four-door luxury sedan has all the tools to give BMW and Mercedes something to worry about, Hyundai decided to showcase the 2015 Genesis’ newest safety features in some pretty hairy safety stunts. Hyundai driver Rhys Millen was given the task of driving a Genesis with completely blacked-out windows, which meant that one he was inside the car, his senses of the outside world becomes pretty much eliminated. Millen’s only saving grace was the Genesis’ new safety features.

It’s hard to be impressed whenever an automaker performs a stunt claiming this and that, all while operating under the caveat that said stunts were organized and prepared for. But in this case, we can’t help but admire how Hyundai built up the Genesis’ safety credibility by having Millen drive the car.

Performing stunts without the benefit of seeing anything took a lot of guts, but Millen, who’s no stranger to driving for Hyundai, showed exactly why the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is one luxury car that customers should be very interested in.

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2012 Hyundai Veloster Tech by REMIX

2012 Hyundai Veloster Tech by REMIX

The third Veloster by REMIX to be displayed at the 2011 SEMA Show is for those who do not like Gaming or Music, but just appreciate having the latest technology in their car. The Veloster Tech features a BASF Alpine White paint job combined with Custom Alpine White & Gloss Black headlights, a gloss black exterior trim and exhaust, smoked taillights and reflectors, an Alpine White rear diffuser, and LED puddle lights. The exterior is finished off with a new set of 19-inch TSW rotary forged RF9 wheels, also in white.

The interior of the Veloster Tech continues with the white theme from the exterior with white Vinyl & Suede seats, dash, and door panels, white LED Lighting, a white suede headliner, white floor mats, and Alpine White painted trim pieces.

As for the technological additions, REMIX has added a long list of accessories that would fit well in someone’s home, but the company has strategically placed them into the Veloster to turn it into a rolling media frenzy. It starts off with a Mac Mini with LED illuminated On/Off switch, an RFID reader, and Samsung Galaxy 7-inch tablets, controlled by a wireless keyboard & mouse connected to their custom ports. Owners can make calls off of their included LG 3D thrill phone or sit back and catch their favorite show on the 40-inch Samsung LED 3D TV with Samsung 3D Blu-Ray player & eight pairs of 3D glasses. Don;t have your favorite movie? Record your own with your new Panasonic 3D camcorder. All of these accessories can be controlled by the new Universal Remote MX-6000.

With a setup like this, living in your car may not be so bad.

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2011 Hyundai Blue2 Sedan Concept

2011 Hyundai Blue2 Sedan Concept

Seeing as this is effectively their hometown auto show, Hyundai was out in full force at the Seoul Motor Show with a host of new offerings. One concept that the Korean automaker brought was the Blue2 Sedan Concept, a car that the Korean automaker is pegging as the next generation FCEV sedan.

The car bears the codename HND-6 and is being touted as Hyundai’s very first Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle that’s powered by hydrogen and is capable of delivering 90kW – around 120 horsepower – and estimated fuel economy figures reaching an impressive 82 miles per gallon.

Aesthetically speaking, the Blue2 Sedan Concept has an exterior whose design language is being described as ‘Intersected Flow’ with other external features complementing the contoured form of the car, including the LCD screen panels on both the front and back, side cameras in place of the standard side mirrors, a roof camera, and automatic opening doors.

Inside, the Blue2 Concept features an asymmetrical dashboard, wider seats to make room for a spacious interior cabin, and a couple of out-of-this-world features, including what the company is describing as a Transparent Organic Light Emitting Diode (TOLED) monitor that has been officially christened the Gorilla Glass. This monitor appears more accurate and vivid compared to standard LED screens. Another unique feature is the Motion Sensor Moustick, a haptic wheel and motion sensor that respond to the driver’s touch and hand movements, giving drivers a new experience.

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