The Internet of Things and autonomous systems take centre stage on South Korean car maker’s Las Vegas stand
5 January 2017

Hyundai has demonstrated its latest hyper-connected car technology and driverless systems at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The South Korean car maker revealed its Smart House concept to showcase the connected systems, which integrate with a user’s home to turn the car into a mobile living space via the so-called Internet of Things.

It also showed technology developed with IT company Cisco to be used for car-to-car communication. The system would help to improve driverless systems and boost the efficiency of journeys.

Hyundai brought its autonomous Ioniq concepts to the show in order to illustrate its Lidar technology. The car uses laser and road-based detection systems to analyse its surroundings and navigate around the urban landscape.

Built-in scooter for Ioniq Electric

Hyundai revealed a scooter concept at CES to be used with the Ioniq Electric. The electric-powered scooter is stored inside the front door of the car and is charged when stored.

It’s aimed at getting people to and from their cars on the first and last mile of their journeys, although at this stage it is only a concept rather than a full production accessory for the Ioniq.

Wearable robots increase mobility

Following the wearable tech and mobility trends, Hyundai also presented wearable robots to help less mobile members of society, for example the elderly and paraplegics, move around.

Taking a number of forms, the wearable robots have a variety of applications, from reducing strain when lifting heavy objects to assisting disabled people so they can walk independently.

Sensory stimulation for health in mobility

Hyundai’s Health + Mobility Concept at CES will moderate the driver’s alertness, mood and senses depending on the driver. For example, if the car senses drowsiness, the car will adjust the angle of seat recline to a more upright position.

The concept extends to sounds and smells, too; the car can pump a spritz of lavender eucalyptus scent and play soothing music, perhaps in a road rage situation. Conversely, if the driver needs to pay attention, the car can pump peppermint or cedar into the cabin and play an alert sound.

Sam Sheehan and Jimi Beckwith

Our Verdict

Hyundai Ioniq

It may not be particularly exciting, but the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid varieties are decent additions to the UK's growing low emission marketplace

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