BMW has the i-Drive, Audi has the MMI and Mercedes Benz has the COMAND. From the US side, Ford has the SYNC. These four automotive giants are some examples of companies that uses in-car connectivity as one of the main selling points. With so many smart phones and tablets that are being sold today, it is a no-brainer that soon enough, such technology will do very good for the drivers. Not to be left behind, Hyundai has unveiled their i30 Connectivity concept, previewing the Korean giant’s own technological prowess in everyday connectivity.
During the unveiling in Germany, he i30 is equipped with an advanced smartphone integration system. Thanks to NFC (Near Field Communication) tags, drivers can lock or unlock the car by simply placing their phone over a tag on the window. We can now dream of not having to deal with ugly keyless buttons on the door handles.
Once inside, drivers can put their phone on a pad in the center console. This instantly streams the phone’s contents – music, navigation information, contacts, etc. – to the car’s 7-inch display. It also recharges the phone wirelessly and can be setup to accommodate several users. This feature is also the same stuff that is offered in Toyota’s US-market 2013 Avalon, which is touted to be the first car with such wireless charging capability.
According to Hyundai Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer Allan 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.”
However, as per concept cars, this wonder of technology will not be available on any of the Hyundai’s fleet until 2015 at the earliest. Perhaps by then, we can actually drive the car using our own smart phone. Future geeks, rejoice.