A car that docks with your house and a scooter that stows in your Ioniq Electric.
Can you imagine how much effort it’s going to take to get off your future couch and get into your future self-driving car? Hyundai engineers believe they have the solution with the company’s Mobility Vision smart house concept, introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
In Hyundai’s Mobile Vision smart house (no relation to the Disney Channel movie) concept, your autonomous car docks with your home to become part of your living space. The car can also act as air conditioner or emergency generator for the home, and can feed media to the home’s screens and speakers. But when you need to leave home, you can simply stay in the car “lounge” as it drives away autonomously. The idea is that there’s almost no transition between living space and driving space.
"What if we could combine elements of your home and your car so they became one space?" asked Mike O'Brien, Hyundai’s vice president of corporate and product planning, at Hyundai's CES press conference.
In a demonstration video, Hyundai showed how an owner might sit in a chair to watch a movie or work inside their home, with the car "docked" to the side of the house. As soon as the owner needed to travel somewhere, the chair whisked them inside the vehicle, which then started driving toward the destination.
"Your mobile chair would transport you inside an autonomous vehicle that is literally attached to your home," O'Brien said. "The car is moving, but you can the other passengers can travel in complete comfort without even feeling the sensation of moving."
The other half of Hyundai’s vision for the future of transportation is the Ioniq Scooter. As the name suggests, it’s an electric scooter meant for “last mile” travel – say, from a train station to one’s home or from a parking garage to your office. The scooter stores inside the front door of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, so it’s always accessible.
The scooter automatically charges when it’s stowed away, and has built-in lights for safety. There’s a sensor that prevents the Ioniq Scooter from accelerating until the rider is safely seated aboard. Riders push a thumb pad to accelerate or brake, video-game style. And Hyundai promises the scooter is lightweight for better maneuverability, and easy to fold in one motion.
A device like the Ioniq Scooter makes sense because, "EV customers in dense urban environments might not have convenient or affordable access to parking or charging stations where they live or work," O'Brien said.
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Gallery: Hyundai smart mobility concepts
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, Hyundai Motor has revealed its ‘Mobility Vision’ concept that, in the future, will connect autonomous cars to living and working environments. Signaling the start of a new era, Hyundai Motor’s Smart House technology blurs the line between mobility and living and working space, integrating the car into the daily lives of users. The Smart House concept shown at CES is an important demonstration of Hyundai Motor’s plans for ‘Mobility Vision’, which places Connected Car technologies at the center of the home.
The CES display suggests how the car could shed the image of a conventional vehicle, integrating itself with the living space when docked, before becoming a mobile living space when customers need to move around. Hyundai Motor’s future vision makes full use of the car for mobility and, crucially, when not travelling it enables customers to continue living without interruption by integrating its functionalities with the home. The new concept combines the comfort, convenience and connectivity features of the car and the home into ‘one space’. Hak Su Ha, Director of Hyundai Design Center said: “Hyundai Motor recognizes the significance of connected technologies and the extent to which they could benefit our customers’ daily lives. Our Smart House concept fully integrates the car into the home, ultimately making the user’s life more comfortable and convenient. By seamlessly blending features from the car with home and work environments, the user experience is uninterrupted whether socializing, working at home, or on the move.”
When ‘docked’ with the Smart Home, Hyundai Motor’s mobility concept becomes an integral part of the living space, performing useful functions and enhancing the living environment. For example, the mobility concept can act as an air conditioner; share its entertainment facilities by mirroring audio and visual outputs with the home’s smart devices; and even provide power in emergency situations, using its on-board fuel cell as a generator.
In addition to presenting an innovative solution to overpopulation and limited living space, the ‘Mobility Vision’ ambition extends to connected technologies that make users’ lives easier on a daily basis. Hyundai Motor’s investment in ‘hyper-connectivity’ will become so advanced that users will not feel the movement of transport as they continue using the living and working space. Advanced communication with other cars and traffic systems means the user can continue living until they reach their destination making it possible to carry on working or relaxing without interruption.
Hyundai Motor has shown its portable-mobility concept – IONIQ Scooter – at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The lightweight, electrically-powered scooter is stored in the front door of the IONIQ Electric and allows customers to continue easily to their final destination.
Compact and convenient last mile transportation
Enabling drivers to continue their journey after parking or helping them to travel to public transit stations, the IONIQ Scooter is another innovation from Hyundai Motor’s long-term research and development program, Project IONIQ. The compact scooter is charged while it sits conveniently inside the front door of the IONIQ Electric. The accessibility of the scooter is highlighted by the fact it is stored in the IONIQ Electric’s front door rather than the trunk.
Users can fold and unfold the scooter with just one hand, and its lightweight construction enhances its portability. The scooter is equipped with front and rear lights to aid visibility, and an occupant sensor detects when the rider is safely aboard before riding mode is enabled. Acceleration is controlled by the rider scrolling up their thumb switch, while braking is achieved by pressing a pad over the scooter’s rear wheel or scrolling down thumb switch.
Tae Won Lim, Head of Hyundai Motor Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute said: “Hyundai Motor takes pride in finding innovative solutions to make the lives of our customers as easy as possible, so developing concepts like the IONIQ Scooter is at the core of our forward-looking R&D program, Project IONIQ. As we look ahead, our vision is to be a world leader in hyper-connected living and to offer our customers seamless, end-to-end transport solutions.”