Hyundai previews connectivity concept

Hyundai is creating its own prototype connectivity concept, aiming to harness the versatility and usability of smartphones with fully integrated in-car technology.

The new system is expected to find its way into production Hyundai vehicles as early as 2015, although Hyundai is keen to point out the technology is still very much at the prototype stage.

The connectivity concept has been shown on the Hyundai i30, representing how the device could integrate with the car’s on-board systems.

The car can be locked and unlocked using the owners smartphone – simply place the mobile over an ‘NFC tag’ (Near Field Communication) to authorise entry, negating the need for a traditional key fob.

Once inside the car, Hyundai drivers will be able to place their smartphone over the centre console. This then activates the user’s profile by streaming content to the Hyundai i30’s built-in seven-inch touchscreen.

Music, phone contacts radio station preferences and any other customisable settings are all programmed into the car’s system.

Cleverly, your phones battery will also be wirelessly charged when in use.

Multiple users can be synced with the car, too – this means it’s quick and easy to switch from one profile to another, with individual tailored settings readily accessible thanks to the versatility of the connectivity concept.

The technology also allows wireless access through the MirrorLink system to control personal content on the device through the car’s touchscreen, such as satellite navigation and internet applications.

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office of Hyundai Motor Europe, Alan Rushforth:

“Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept showcases the brand’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers.

“With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion.

“As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.”