The concept of the vehicle nowadays takes primary consideration of the transition from one place to another, most commonly from home to work or any other destination. There is also another transition that takes place – from the living space to the driving space. Typically, you have to leave your living space and proceed to the garage where the vehicle is parked before you could take off and go where you want to.
Now, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, South Korean carmaker Hyundai is showing off a concept in which there is virtually no interval between the living space and the driving space. This concept is the Hyundai Mobility Vision smart house concept, in which the car becomes part of the house’s living space.
You may have seen this in TV or movies -- a seemingly ordinary chair turns out to be a high-tech seat that when activated, takes the user to a hidden laboratory inside the house (see Despicable Me), or to a crime-fighting car or robot.
The Hyundai Mobility Vision smart house concept seems similar to that setup, but there are marked differences. Here, an autonomous car is docked into the living space of the house, thereby becoming an integral part of your home. As soon as the docking completes, the interior of the autonomous car becomes a seamless part of the living space while integrating its functions into your home.
For instance, this Hyundai car could feed its audio or video to your house’s speakers or TV screens. In addition, it could serve as an air conditioner or as an on-board emergency generator. Once you decide to travel to certain destination – like to the office or to the grocery – you just need to sit on the chair, and the Hyundai autonomous car will undock and start its journey.
Aside from the Hyundai Mobility Vision smart house concept, the South Korean company is showcasing at the CES 2017 its all-electric Ioniq Scooter. This scooter is stored on the front door of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and serves as a portable solution for the last-mile travel. Usually, parking spaces aren’t really proximate to your intended destination, like the grocery or office.
You may have to walk a certain distance – and at times the gap between the parked car and the final destination is considerable. Hyundai’s Ioniq Scooter is created as a solution for this certain problem. Instead of walking, you just have to ride this Ioniq Scooter, and you will arrive to your destination faster and without having to sweat a lot. Furthermore, the Ioniq Scooter is greatly and simply portable, thanks to its lightweight and easy-to-fold design.