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New bill would mandate warnings for kids trapped in hot cars

July 3rd, 2019
Photograph of a baby locked into a car seat.

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Every year, dozens of young children in the United States die while trapped in overheating cars—including eight kids just last month. New legislation aims to prevent many of these deaths by requiring car manufacturers to create new warning systems to detect kids trapped in cars and sound the alarm before a tragedy occurs.

The New York Times notes that a few car models already include a warning system like this, including the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Santa Fe.

The legislation—co-sponsored by representatives Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Pete King (R-N.Y.)—orders the Secretary of Transportation to begin drafting regulations mandating the installation of sensors that can detect a child or pet in a vehicle's back seat. If the car detects someone inside after the engine has been turned off, it would issue a "distinct auditory and visual alert to notify individuals inside and outside of the vehicle." Vehicle manufacturers would have two years to implement the technology after the regulation was finalized.

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Hyundai self-driving deal points to industry-wide pattern

June 13th, 2019
Hyundai self-driving deal points to industry-wide pattern

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It has been a busy week for Aurora, the self-driving startup founded by veterans of the Google, Tesla, and Uber self-driving programs. On Monday, Aurora announced it had forged a partnership with Fiat Chrysler. On Tuesday, Aurora said it was ending its partnership with Volkswagen. Now Hyundai is deepening its partnership with Aurora with an equity investment.

It's the latest example of an industry-wide pattern: one after another, car companies have made big investments in self-driving startups. And these deals mean that carmakers are effectively entering into self-driving alliances with one another.

Some carmakers are taking big stakes in self-driving projects

General Motors started the process back in 2016, buying self-driving startup Cruise for more than $500 million. In 2018, GM sold a modest stake in Cruise to Honda, cementing a self-driving alliance between the two companies.

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Hyundai looks to build a >300-mile-range electric car

August 17th, 2017

Enlarge / Signage for an electric car charging booth is displayed at Federation Square car park in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, April 28, 2017. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Bloomberg / Getty Images)

On Thursday, Hyundai said that it intends to produce a long-range electric vehicle by 2021 that will be capable of traveling 310 miles on a charge. That vehicle, a luxury Genesis sedan, will follow an electric version of the Kona sport utility vehicle that the Korean automaker hopes to release in the first half of next year. The electric Kona should have a range of 243 miles, Reuters noted.

Along with affiliate company Kia, Hyundai announced eight electric cars and two fuel-cell vehicles coming to market in the near future—a significant jump in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) that the company has planned to bring to market in years prior. Hyundai, like Toyota, has boosted the fuel cell vehicle for years. Fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen as fuel and emit water as a byproduct. But the compressed hydrogen that runs fuel cell vehicles is hard to store and hard to transport, so it has been slow reaching the market, although fuel cell vehicles do have the advantage of being fast to refuel, unlike electric vehicle batteries.

Toyota has also recently shown signs that it’s pouring more resources into mass-producing a long-range electric car as well. In July, an article in The Wall Street Journal noted that the Japanese automaker was working on building a battery with a solid electrolyte that would go into production in 2022. With Tesla and Chevrolet rolling out moderately priced EVs with long-range capabilities, other automakers known for moderately priced cars seem to be ready to get in the ring as well.

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Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro review: Korean tanks parked on Japan’s lawn

January 4th, 2017


Specs at a glance: 2016 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Body type Five-door hatchback
Layout Front-wheel drive
Powertrain 1.6L 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine, with electric hybrid drive and 1.56kWh Li-ion battery
Transmission Six-speed automatic DCT
Horsepower 105ps (petrol engine) / 32kW (electric motor) / 104kW/141ps (combined)
Torque 147Nm (petrol engine) / 170Nm (electric motor) / 265Nm (combined)
Suspension MacPherson strut (front) / Multi-link (rear)
Tyres 195/65 R15
Top speed 115mph
CO2 79g/km
Combined fuel economy 83.1mpg
Weight 1,870kg
Wheelbase 2,700mm
Dimensions 4,470 x 1,820 x 1,450mm (LWH)
Base price £19,940

Sometimes the dice just roll the right way. I had been scheduled to spend a week kicking the tyres of Kia’s new Niro at the end of August but a mixup with the booking and then the theft of a press fleet car meant that I didn’t actually get my hands on it until the last week of September, which happened to be a week before the UK press launch of the Hyundai Ioniq.

So I decided to tackle them all at once. The Ioniq (that’s “ionic” rather than “ion-eek”) will eventually be available in three guises: pure electric, hybrid—which I’m reviewing here—and a plug-in hybrid due to arrive in Blighty next spring. As it happens, the Ioniq hybrid drivetrain is also found in the Kia Niro (pronounced like the actor rather than the pen), while a plug-in version of the Niro will also appear down the line.

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Hyundai wows New York with Genesis “New York” Concept

March 24th, 2016

Hyundai unveiled a gorgeous new concept car at the New York International Auto Show this week, the Genesis “New York” Concept. It not only hints at future design direction; it will also result in a real car within the next 18 months, according to Hyundai insiders.

Sized in between typical D-segment and E-segment cars (3-series and 5-series BMW sedans, for example), the New York is decidedly not a moonshot that dares to redefine design. Rather, its proportions and form factor follow the well-understood “three-box” convention (a hood, a cabin, and a trunk). But, as with anything worthwhile, the devil’s in the details and we think Hyundai’s beaten the devil.

Hyundai is spinning off its Genesis cars into a new brand—think Nissan/Infiniti, Honda/Acura, or Toyota/Lexus. The Genesis brand currently has but one car production car, the G90, and is aiming for BMW’s M division with its own N division. Judging by the New York Concept, the competition should be on alert.

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Hyundai’s augmented reality manual: A simple but extremely good idea

January 10th, 2016

A rather effusive Jonathan gets a demo of Hyundai’s augmented reality owner’s manual. Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn (video link)

LAS VEGAS—If you kept a look out for it, you could find a few examples of augmented reality on display at CES this year. There were concept cars with AR heads-up displays (JVC Kenwood and McLaren Automotive had a modified 675LT with such a system), but little of it was production-ready. That’s not the case with Hyundai’s new virtual owner’s manual.

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