Hyundai reveals its Connectivity Concept

Article by Christian A., on December 26, 2012

Hyundai has developed the first prototype of its own Connectivity Concept, inspired by how versatile the current smartphones are. Hyundai gave a preview of this technology near its European base in Frankfurt, Germany. Hyundai displays its prowess in making use of new technology for its car lineup. We expect to see this as early as 2015.

The Connectivity Concept, which was fitted on Hyundai’s highly acclaimed New Generation i30, cancels out the need for a traditional key fob since it enables the user to lock and unlock the car by simply holding their smartphone over an NFC-tag (Near Field Communication). The user’s profile is activated as soon as this device is put in the centre console. This is done by streaming content to the i30’s seven-inch touchscreen.

All the user content like music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings are shown. Furthermore, the battery is being wirelessly recharged at the same time. According to Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hyundai Motor Europe, Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept presents the brand’s philosophy of giving a broad array of consumers the access to future technology.

Hyundai aims to exploit the all-in-one functionality of current smartphone technology and smoothly integrate it into daily driving. Since technology continuously evolves, Hyundai will soon offer capabilities like storing the driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, and offering customers a comfortable and individual driving environment.

Since numerous users can be synced with the car, the set-up can be as fast and easy as using the Connectivity Concept in the i30 tailors in-car settings on the driver’s smartphone. In addition, the Connectivity Concept is equipped with MirrorLink to wirelessly access and control personal content via the touchscreen through navigation, internet-based applications and multimedia.

This visual philosophy of the Hyundai i30 makes use of sweeping lines to deliver an impression of 3D presence to Hyundai automobiles. The new model is the latest interpretation of the brand's 'fluidic sculpture' styling philosophy.

The front track was increased to 17 millimeters while the rear track was increased to 27 millimeters. The body shell of the i30 is also increased in size, this time it is 5 mm wider. The increase of the front and rear tracts consequently moved the tyres and wheels outward. Altogether, the modification enhances the vehicle’s beauty and road holding. Indeed, a key factor behind the more athletic appearance of new i30 is the significantly increased track.

The moving of the windshield’s base minimized aerodynamic turbulence and wind resistance. The base was moved forward by 84 millimeters and downward by 26 millimeters. This produced a Cd of just 0.30 consequently improving its rate to 10 percent. The new-look 16-inch alloy wheels and chrome beltline detail beneath the glass house delivers more sophistication to the car’s framework.

Latest model carries the brand's signature frontal feature. It is a hexagonal-shaped grill. It is available with an option of twin chrome horizontal trim bars or single body-color. The vehicle’s visual power on the road was optimized by the Light-emitting diode DRL. These are available as standard on all models.

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