Geneva, 5 March 2013 − At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has revealed its vision of a more connected future by demonstrating how the heightened integration of personal devices (smartphones) and Hyundai vehicles can benefit owners and drivers.
For this innovative connectivity concept, run in partnership with LG, Hyundai is using a New Generation i30 three-door model to show how its vehicles will use smartphones as an integral component,delivering a more practical, personalised and enjoyable motoring experience.
The smartphone used in Hyundai’s connectivity project can unlock the doors and automatically personalise the vehicle’s settings, including adjusting electric seat and mirror positions, and altering radio station presets, navigation settings, menu appearance and other preferences.
When placed in a specific area of the centre console, the smartphone is charged wirelessly, removing the need for any unsightly cables in the cabin.
The system exclusively, and for the first time in the world, features wireless MirrorLink, which allows the driver to access and use the smartphone’s content using the i30’s 7-inch high-resolution touch screen. The driver or passenger can access the mobile device’s navigation functions, internet-based apps such as email, contacts and phone call lists, and multimedia content such as videos.
The Hyundai app allows owners to remotely connect with their vehicles, checking if the car is locked or unlocked, if windows and sunroof are open or closed and whether or not the vehicle’s lights are on. The Hyundai app also allows customers to view the feed from the rear view camera, a world first among automakers.
So that customers can plan their next journey, the app allows the car’s fuel and oil levels, as well as driving range, to be checked remotely. Fuel consumption of the previous journey can also be viewed.
The app brings further convenience by letting users remotely monitor tyre pressures and cabin temperature, as well as using Google Maps to guide them to their parked vehicle as quickly as possible.
Seungwook Yang, President of Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, commented, “At Hyundai we’re making personal mobility even more convenient, connected and individualised. This project shows that the integration of smartphones into Hyundai vehicles will provide intuitive, versatile and easy-to-use benefits −perfect for Hyundai drivers on the move.”
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group with more than two dozen automotive-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor - which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. - sold 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2012. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80.000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
About Hyundai Motor Europe
The company designs, engineers and manufactures cars in Europe, specifically for European consumers. In 2012, Hyundai achieved European sales of 444.000 units, taking a new-car market share of 3.5%. Almost 95% of the vehicles Hyundai sells in the region are designed, engineered and tested in Europe. And more than 70% are built at its two local factories (Czech Republic and Turkey), including New Generation i30, which is shortlisted for Europe’s 2013 Car of the Year award. Hyundai sells cars in 28 European countries across 2.500 outlets.
About Hyundai Motor UK
Hyundai Motor UK Ltd is the first Korean car manufacturer to make it in to the top ten best-selling manufacturers in the UK, an 11 place improvement since 2008. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Triple Care package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at www.hyundai.co.uk
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