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Hyundai and its Central Texas dealers donate $75,000 to fight food insecurity

Hyundai employees present a check for $25,000 to Kids Meals Inc.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Long after the last of the snow and ice has melted, Texans are still feeling the effects of the winter storms that made their way through the region in February. Part of those ongoing effects have been food insecurity, which was already a problem in the area, and throughout the country, due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hyundai Motor America and its Central Texas dealers recently donated $75,000 in support of ongoing relief efforts.

"Far too many children and their families are experiencing food insecurity made worse by the pandemic and the recent winter storms in Texas," said John deNeve, General Manager, South Central Region, Hyundai Motor America. "That is why we have partnered with Kids' Meals Inc. and the Central Texas Food Bank, to bring much-needed relief to the most vulnerable families across Central Texas."

Kids' Meals Inc. in Houston received $25,000 on May 26. Hyundai's donation will help provide 12,500 free healthy meals to children and families across Houston and Harris County over the next four weeks.

An additional donation of $25,000 was given to the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin on May 29. This donation from Hyundai will help provide 100,000 meals for the estimated 470,000 Central Texans in need of food assistance. Local Austin Hyundai dealer Scott Stark of South Point Hyundai provided a matching donation of $25,000.

"We're so grateful to Hyundai for being such a great community partner," said Derrick Chubbs, President and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. "This generous donation of $50,000 to help fight hunger here in Central Texas will provide 200,000 meals for our neighbors in need. Demand for our services is still extremely high as a result of the pandemic and February's winter storms, so this donation will be vital in helping us meet the elevated need."

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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

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Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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Safety and technology awards

Four Hyundai cars earn top marks for teen drivers

Best SUV for Teens $35 to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

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Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks vehicles in several categories. One relates to teen drivers and how well a vehicle performs in areas such as safety and available technology features. The 2021 rankings for Best New Cars for Teens were just released and one automaker hit it big. Four vehicles from Hyundai's 2021 lineup took top spots in various categories. They include:
  • Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Kona
  • Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $35k to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid


2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra HybridHyundai


All vehicles that earned awards in the 2021 survey are available with safety features that include forward collision warnings, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and lane keep assist. The vehicles also carry safety features and controls that allow parents to monitor their teen's behavior. Through the available smartphone app, parents can receive alerts when the vehicle goes over a set speed or if the teen leaves a set geographic area. The idea is that the functionality allows parents to coach their young drivers on their driving habits.


2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k 2021 Hyundai Ioniq HybridHyundai


To earn a spot on the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens rankings, a vehicle has to score well in several categories that include crash test scores and available advanced driver assistance features. The vehicle must also have scored well in the publication's rankings for its segment and price level.


2021 Hyundai Kona Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai KonaHyundai

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