Hyundai has showcased its new Connectivity Concept through the use of smartphones and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Hyundai has stated that this new technology will be seen in cars of the future and likely to be ready by 2015. Connectivity Concept was showcased on the new i30 at the company headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. This Connectivity Concept permits users to lock and unlock the car by placing their smartphones on the NFC tag while altogether making the traditional car key redundant.
Besides easy opening of car door, the device is then placed on the centre console so as to immediately activate user profile by streaming content to the car’s 7” touchscreen. Users can access music, phone contacts, radio stations and other profile settings through the use of this device while the battery can be recharged wirelessly even while in use. Through the use of Connectivity Concept, multiple users can also be synced with the car meaning that car settings can be programmed to each driver’s smartphone in case of multiple users.
To see this technology through, Hyundai has entered into a joint agreement with Broadcom Corporation to power these connected cars. Besides entertainment functions other driver’s assistance systems such as lane departure warning and reverse parking cameras will also be integrated into Hyundai vehicles in the future. For more information, scroll down.
HYUNDAI PREVIEWS CONNECTIVITY CONCEPT
Technology study showcasing future mobile phone and car integration
Car entry and locking via user’s smartphone
Connectivity Concept mirrors smartphone content wirelessly to i30’s central touchscreen
Technology expected to reach production in 2015
Hyundai is harnessing the versatility of today’s smartphones to create the first prototype of its own Connectivity Concept. The technology, previewed near the manufacturer’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, showcases Hyundai’s expertise in creating clever new technology for its range of cars and expected as soon as 2015.
Shown on Hyundai’s award-winning New Generation i30, the Connectivity Concept allows the user to lock and unlock the car by placing their smartphone over an NFC-tag (Near Field Communication), negating the need for a traditional key fob.
Once inside, the device is placed in the centre console, which then activates the user’s profile by streaming content to the i30’s seven-inch touchscreen. All user content such as music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings are displayed. In addition the device’s battery is recharged wirelessly while in use.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “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.”
Multiple users can be synced with car, meaning set-up is quick and easy as the Connectivity Concept in the i30 tailors in-car settings according to each driver’s smartphone.
Furthermore, the Connectivity Concept utilises MirrorLink to wirelessly access and control personal content through the touchscreen including navigation, internet-based applications and multimedia.
Hyundai has already announced a joint development agreement with Broadcom Corporation, which will power the next generation of connected cars. With this technology, functions such as infotainment, telematics and other driver assistance systems like reverse parking cameras and lane departure warning will be integrated into Hyundai’s cars.