Hyundai has unveiled their i30 Connectivity concept in Germany.
Designed to showcase the company's technical prowess, the 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.
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.
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."
The i30 Connectivity concept isn't slated for production, Hyundai expects to offer some of the technologies as early as 2015.