Hyundai highlighted new technology concepts at CES 2018, focused on connecting future technology with evolving mobility solutions, and sharing its latest achievements to advance a vision that is clean, connected, and provides freedom in mobility. In Qatar, Hyundai is represented by Skyline Automotive, the official distribution partner of Hyundai Motors in the country.

Next-generation Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle NEXO makes global debut at CES 2018  

Under the theme of ‘Connected to Future Mobility’, Hyundai’s presence at CES is led by its newest fuel-cell electric SUV – officially unveiled under the model name NEXO and incorporating the next generation of autonomous technology – alongside a vision for hydrogen-powered life, and an artificial intelligence-based personal cockpit concept.

As part of efforts to realise its vision of ‘Freedom in Mobility’, Hyundai also announced a strategic partnership with Aurora Innovation, a renowned autonomous-driving startup, to bring Level 4 autonomy to Hyundai vehicles by 2021.

As Dr Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman and the head of R&D, said at the CES press conference:

It’s difficult for a single company to predict how all these latest changes may impact the future of our industry, but we all understand that technological challenges and innovations are a never-ending process that will continue until we achieve a mobile society of maximum convenience, zero accidents and no emissions.

Hyundai NEXO: Autonomous Driving Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

The newest model in Hyundai’s eco-vehicle portfolio, NEXO is equipped with a revolutionary fuel-cell system and intelligent Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The zero-emission FCEV runs on hydrogen and proves that even an eco-friendly powertrain can fully support the energy demands of autonomous driving, and will help to fulfill Hyundai’s goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025.

Partnership with Aurora Innovation to bring Level 4 autonomous vehicle to market by 2021

NEXO features significant advancements in automated driving. In an industry first, NEXO debuts Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM), which shows drivers the rear and side view while changing lanes in either direction. The technology will allow the driver to focus on the road ahead even while changing lanes without turning their heads. Among other features are Lane Following Assist (LFA), which will help keep NEXO centred in its lane of travel on both highways and city streets. When paired with Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA), which uses sensors and map data to ensure safe operation as well as automatically adjust speed in limited environments, drivers will be able to traverse long distances with greater ease and improved safety.

NEXO also includes Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) that enables the vehicle to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a garage or parking space with or without a driver in the car. RSPA can even back a NEXO into a perpendicular parking spot while the driver stands on the curb and pushes a button on the key fob.

AI-enhanced ‘Intelligent Personal Cockpit’ showcases future of connected technology

Rounding out Hyundai’s future technology demonstrations is a reimagined view from the driver’s perspective inside the Intelligent Personal Cockpit, showcasing Hyundai’s progress in connected car technology development.  

New voice-recognition technology from SoundHound allows drivers to voice-control frequently used functions, while Car-to-Home IOT capability extends the reach of the driver’s voice beyond mobile applications and into the home environment. With voice commands, a driver can not only adjust the air conditioning or play music in the car, but also turn on the lights at his/her home and stream that same song right to their home audio system for a seamless transition from driveway to living room.

Hyundai vehicles are available in Qatar via Skyline Automotive. Visit their new showroom on Salwa Road or log on to their website for more information.