Hyundai unveils smart house and Ioniq Scooter concepts

Article by Christian A., on January 24, 2017

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.

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HYUNDAI MOTOR REVEALS VISION FOR 'FUTURE MOBILITY' AT THE 2017 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, Hyundai Motor has revealed its ‘Mobility Vision’ concept that, in the future, will connect autonomous cars to living and working environments. Signaling the start of a new era, Hyundai Motor’s Smart House technology blurs the line between mobility and living and working space, integrating the car into the daily lives of users. The Smart House concept shown at CES is an important demonstration of Hyundai Motor’s plans for ‘Mobility Vision’, which places Connected Car technologies at the center of the home.

The CES display suggests how the car could shed the image of a conventional vehicle, integrating itself with the living space when docked, before becoming a mobile living space when customers need to move around. Hyundai Motor’s future vision makes full use of the car for mobility and, crucially, when not travelling it enables customers to continue living without interruption by integrating its functionalities with the home. The new concept combines the comfort, convenience and connectivity features of the car and the home into ‘one space’. Hak Su Ha, Director of Hyundai Design Center said: “Hyundai Motor recognizes the significance of connected technologies and the extent to which they could benefit our customers’ daily lives. Our Smart House concept fully integrates the car into the home, ultimately making the user’s life more comfortable and convenient. By seamlessly blending features from the car with home and work environments, the user experience is uninterrupted whether socializing, working at home, or on the move.”

When ‘docked’ with the Smart Home, Hyundai Motor’s mobility concept becomes an integral part of the living space, performing useful functions and enhancing the living environment. For example, the mobility concept can act as an air conditioner; share its entertainment facilities by mirroring audio and visual outputs with the home’s smart devices; and even provide power in emergency situations, using its on-board fuel cell as a generator.

In addition to presenting an innovative solution to overpopulation and limited living space, the ‘Mobility Vision’ ambition extends to connected technologies that make users’ lives easier on a daily basis. Hyundai Motor’s investment in ‘hyper-connectivity’ will become so advanced that users will not feel the movement of transport as they continue using the living and working space. Advanced communication with other cars and traffic systems means the user can continue living until they reach their destination making it possible to carry on working or relaxing without interruption.

Hyundai Motor has shown its portable-mobility concept – IONIQ Scooter – at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The lightweight, electrically-powered scooter is stored in the front door of the IONIQ Electric and allows customers to continue easily to their final destination.

Compact and convenient last mile transportation

Enabling drivers to continue their journey after parking or helping them to travel to public transit stations, the IONIQ Scooter is another innovation from Hyundai Motor’s long-term research and development program, Project IONIQ. The compact scooter is charged while it sits conveniently inside the front door of the IONIQ Electric. The accessibility of the scooter is highlighted by the fact it is stored in the IONIQ Electric’s front door rather than the trunk.

Users can fold and unfold the scooter with just one hand, and its lightweight construction enhances its portability. The scooter is equipped with front and rear lights to aid visibility, and an occupant sensor detects when the rider is safely aboard before riding mode is enabled. Acceleration is controlled by the rider scrolling up their thumb switch, while braking is achieved by pressing a pad over the scooter’s rear wheel or scrolling down thumb switch.

Tae Won Lim, Head of Hyundai Motor Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute said: “Hyundai Motor takes pride in finding innovative solutions to make the lives of our customers as easy as possible, so developing concepts like the IONIQ Scooter is at the core of our forward-looking R&D program, Project IONIQ. As we look ahead, our vision is to be a world leader in hyper-connected living and to offer our customers seamless, end-to-end transport solutions.”

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