On display at Hyundai Motor’s booth at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was an array of connectivity features like TomTom LIVE services and the Android Auto technology. Likewise, visitors were able to get a preview of the South Korean carmaker’s Vision G coupe concept as well as its wearable and gesture control concepts – all of which offer a taste of what connectivity might become in the future.
At the show, Hyundai presented the Android Auto on its Hyundai i40, which is one of the first vehicles in Europe to be powered by such technology. Android Auto allows Android smartphone users to link their devices to the infotainment unit’s seven-inch TFT color touchscreen -- with a new 3D display mode -- and to access third party apps like those for communication, music streaming, and radio services.
This new technology employs smartphone capabilities to allow Hyundai drivers to remain both connected and focused on the road ahead. Because of its smart and intuitive design, Android Auto integration with the i40’s infotainment system has become seamless.
This technology is already being offered in the United States on the Hyundai Sonata, starting in May 2015. As soon as the i40 becomes available to order, it will come powered with Android Auto. Hyundai plans to start initial deliveries of the Android Auto-powered i-40 in early January 2016.
Aside from the Android Auto, Hyundai will continue to offer TomTom LIVE services on its vehicle products. This technology offers Hyundai vehicle owners with the latest traffic information and updates while providing functional data like weather and nearby points of interest.
Interestingly enough, the carmaker’s TomTom LIVE offering features a complimentary subscription of seven years – the longest in the auto industry. This seven-year complimentary subscription amounts to savings of around £50 annually.
Hyundai is also presenting a connectivity cockpit concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, representing one of the ways the carmaker sees the future of connectivity.
Dubbed as the Vision G Coupe Concept, this innovation will serve as an inspiration if not the basis for Hyundai’s future premium products. Featuring a good blend of elegant design and performance, the Vision G coupe concept is blessed with the latest haptic interface technology for optimum cabin comfort and enjoyment.
For instance, the concept’s central control panel Remote Wheel features touch-and-gesture interaction to lessen distraction to drivers. Thanks to an ergonomically designed touchpad in the console, touch-and-gesture interaction can be easily achieved. Additionally, the concept features a wide screen display that offers advanced connectivity with intuitive control.
One good thing about the display is that its contents can be interchanged to implement all of Hyundai’s latest intelligent safety functions for better driver focus.
To further improve vehicle ownership for customers, Hyundai has seen fit to develop concepts that may pave the way for future products that would meet the needs and wants of future vehicle owners. For instance, the connectivity cockpit concept on display at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show includes wearable devices, rear-seat child-care, car-generated data and 3D gesture controls.