In-Car Tech

Fresh Hyundai tech innovates A/C system to disperse via seats, measure air quality

The new system allow air conditioning to be dispersed via slits in the the seats rather than just the vents.

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Three technologies will work in tandem to keep the air in the cabin of Hyundai Motor Group vehicles clean. Called After-Blow, Multi-Air Mode, and Fine Dust Indicator, the new tech will make its debut on select models in Korea before making its way to Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis vehicles worldwide.

After-Blow

Traditionally, mold in an air conditioning system is discovered when a pungent odor begins emanating from a vehicle's vents while the A/C is working. After-Blow is designed to keep the car's evaporation dry, thus suppressing mold growth. For 30 minutes after the vehicle is turned off, the evaporator drains naturally. Then, After-Blow activates for 10 minutes to dry any remaining condensation in the air passage. The air-conditioning system automatically allows for an influx of outside air during this time to prevent humidity from building up.

Hyundai scientists work on air conditioning technology that will be coming first o models in Korea.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

After-Blow technology uses an intelligent battery sensor to monitor the battery and stops functioning when the battery is low. It also de-activates when the air conditioning system is not in use for a certain period of time, or when the outside temperature is low.

Multi-Air Mode

Multi-Air Mode disperses air to reduce direct contact. It uses multiple vents for air conditioning to create a gentle wind. When the mode is activated, the air is dispersed through new multi-air slots in the driver and passenger seats in addition to normal vents. While the overall wind volume remains the same, the dispersion of the air softens the sound effect.

This mode can be switched on and off based on the preference of the driver.

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Fine Dust Indicator

Fine Dust Indicator displays air quality information in real time. It takes a reading of the air inside the vehicle and delivers digitized information, allowing the car's driver to better manage air quality.

The reading measures the concentration and pollution level of ultrafine particles (PM 2.5) inside the vehicle using integer numbers and colors for better visibility to the user: blue for 0 to 15 μg/m3, green for 16 to 35 μg/m3, orange for 36 to 75 μg/m3, and red for 76 μg/m3 or higher.

If the level of ultrafine particles exceeds 36 μg /m3 while the function is active, the air-cleaning mode will run to purify the air in the vehicle. The air-cleaning system automatically sets the air volume between three and eight and switches to air-recirculation mode and activates the air conditioning system to reduce indoor humidity. If the air does not improve in air-cleaning mode, it can also serve as a reminder to the driver to replace air-conditioner filters or to clean contaminated seats and mats.


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Watch the video below to learn more about how the technologies work.

Ventilate Your Vehicle, 'Quality Air' Climate Control Technology | Hyundai Motor Group www.youtube.com

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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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