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Hyundai miniaturizes its 45 concept car for use to support hospitalized children

The new car was designed especially to help hospitalized children.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai's 45 concept car was a modern interpretation of the Hyundai Pony Concept that focused on powertrain technology. The 2019 model was the first SUV interpretation of the company's Sensuous Sportiness design aesthetic was shown publicly.

Soon, that concept will be brought to life as the Ioniq 5 midsize crossover. Before that, Hyundai is taking that 45 concept a step further, creating a miniature version of the car for use by young patients at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital in Spain. The vehicle is part of the Little Big e-Motion project that moves children from their beds to treatment rooms, a journey that is considered one of the most stressful trips for children within the confines of the hospital.

Hyundai 45 Spain concept car hospital kidsThe vehicle transports children from their rooms to treatment areas of the hospital.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The one-of-a-kind mini EV uses Emotion Adaptive Vehicle Control (EAVC) technology in its role. EAVC is an artificial intelligence-based technology that monitors facial expressions, heart rate and respiratory rate, and combines these readings with input from the vehicle including speed, acceleration, noise and vibration. The technology then processes the data using machine learning to optimize the vehicle environment including lighting, climate, music, and fragrance dispenser systems.

Hyundai continues to work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab to develop the technology.

Hyundai 45 Spain concept car hospital kidsPhoto courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

"We want our technology to help improve the lives of our customers in various mobility spaces beyond the roads," said Jinmo Lee, Senior Research Engineer at Hyundai Motor who led the project. "We hope the EAVC technology on the minicar will provide a fun, safe mobility experience for young patients and help improve their health outcomes."

Hyundai 45 Spain concept car hospital kidsPhoto courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Watch the video below to see how the concept car works at SJD hospital as a young patient prepares for treatment.

Sharing Hearts with Children, Little Big e-Motion Project | Hyundai Motor Group | Giveaway Eventwww.youtube.com

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.

Kia

Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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