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Old 08-14-2012, 12:39 PM
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Hyundai: RK Concept news

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/08/14/h...hter-for-2015/

According to Automotive News, Hyundai is working on a smaller rear-wheel-drive car aimed squarely at the BMW 3 Series. Reportedly dubbed "RK" internally, this new model will not launch until 2015 at the earliest, according to the report.

Details on this new entry-level performance sedan are slim, with Automotive News only reporting that the new model will use a version of the rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the Genesis Coupe.

In other RWD Hyundai news, AN states that the larger Genesis sedan is still on track for a complete refresh, with the new model expected to arrive by the end of 2013 at the earliest as a 2014 model. As we've reported before, the next-generation Genesis will also likely benefit from optional all-wheel drive. Hyundai's Equus flagship is also scheduled to get a slight refresh in the near term, debuting next summer for the 2014 model year.
I hope this is true. BMW needs some more competition.
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Hmmmm. That's really interesting. I wouldn't mind a sporty, mini Genesis sedan.
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Hmmmm. That's really interesting. I wouldn't mind a sporty, mini Genesis sedan.
yea that would be nice. There are no "cheap" rwd sedans on the market
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It shall be interesting to see how this progresses... I really like my R-spec and she'll have ~200K on her by the time the "RK" comes out.
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^ Basically, the next gen "Genesis" coupe (will likely get a name change) will be going upscale and be partnered with the new RK sedan.
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New DIS and infotainment from the sedan brethren is a given...
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Hyundai uses cloud server to remotely check vehicle performance


Can the cloud play an important role in the detection and correction of quality and service issues from the instant a car leaves the assembly line and thereafter?

The onboard telematics systems, which are tied into the data buses that monitor and control all key systems on a car, may have more than just a cell phone chip to call a help center for road service. They also may include a modem through which the vehicle communicates with cloud servers.

In addition to infotainment and navigation, telematics already has been providing opportunities for monitoring the condition of a vehicle. But it’s been limited to just a few after-sale service functions, such as General Motors' OnStar with unlocking a car, slowing a stolen vehicle, and issuing vehicle “health reports” and basic trouble code descriptions. Now, other car makers are looking at a wider range of opportunities, although some pose challenges that first must be overcome—and not all are technical.

Hyundai may be the first company to use the telematics modem in its Blue Link system to begin the monitoring process from the instant the car comes off the assembly line and continue it until a customer has taken delivery. And even from that point, if the customer approves, there is the call center report on trouble codes, even a related data transmission to a cloud server for analysis, plus the stolen car slowdown for police pursuit.

The Hyundai system already has yielded results, and the company does see a number of appealing ways to move ahead, explained Erwin Raphael, Director of Product Quality and Service Engineering.

Customer privacy is an issue, and Nissan’s original attempts to monitor the Leaf in operation led to public objections that resulted in deactivation of the extensive vehicle monitoring system. So today, only if a Leaf customer signs an okay, will operational data even be collected, and then it goes only into an aggregating server to spot service issue trends, but without specific vehicle ID. However, Hyundai also has a server with aggregating software but saw some additional opportunities. It has identified where it wants to go in its next-generation system and is working to get around some present limits.
Early warning provided

When a car comes off a Hyundai assembly line, the modem is on, so if a failure has occurred that was not identified in the end-of-line (EOL) diagnostic check, or was triggered during transportation of the vehicle or while it’s in the dealer lot, the notice goes into Hyundai’s aggregating cloud server. This is one of the early-warning systems that Hyundai has put in place to further improve quality, explained Raphael.

As an example, the tire pressure monitoring system on the new Santa Fe was being set for too high a sensitivity, so each car coming off the line would trigger trouble codes for the pressures in all four tires. Although the information went through the aggregating cloud server, the trouble codes tied to a specific car line meant Hyundai was able to realize that something was wrong at the assembly plant and quickly execute a fix.

All new cars go through a Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) at the car dealer, but the cloud system also offers the opportunity to perform an electronic PDI (E-PDI), and that is in Hyundai’s plans.

The limitation of the currently possible data collection and transmission system, which is based on OBD II (on-board diagnostics), is that it requires a diagnostic trouble code to generate a message from the modem to the cloud server. However, many codes are accompanied by a “freeze frame” display of sensor readings, called PIDs (Parameter IDs), which can be helpful.

For increased effectiveness, vehicles would have to be started and running for some of the E-PDI tests. That’s feasible because start-and-run often follows E-O-L, driving vehicles on and off the trailers that deliver car to dealers, and for in-dealer operations. Inasmuch as a car still is owned by the vehicle manufacturer prior to delivery, privacy factors have not yet come into the picture. Assuming a dealer did not object, the monitoring could continue until the vehicle was sold, so demonstrators also could be covered, providing another source of vehicle quality information.

At the beginning, a cloud-based E-PDI would probably be used to alert dealers to any issues detected, but as it becomes more robust, it could supplant that aspect of the pre-delivery process.

One useful post-delivery service opportunity would appear to be continuous monitoring of a vehicle with an intermittent problem. It can be done, but to be really useful would require continuous sensor data transmission, rather than just a trouble code and a single “freeze frame” of sensor data. There already are available “flight recorders” easily installed to provide continuous monitoring and record data, so this feature is lower priority.
Reflashing issues

One seemingly sure opportunity for the cloud connection would be for software updates—reflashing vehicle computers to the latest level of software, particularly to correct driveability and safety issues where possible. It’s probably on every carmaker’s “wish list” because it could save money and ensure critical updates are made promptly.

However, Raphael pointed out, this is the toughest challenge, even if the legal concerns were overcome with releases and remote identification of a viable setting (such as engine warmed up, vehicle parked, etc.). Here the challenges raise both technical and denial-of-use issues, he said, including sizes of the files. Some reflashes are so long that an owner might have to dedicate hours, and although that’s possible with a personal computer, a motorist might become impatient.

Just for openers, the modem and cloud server would have to identify the software level in the car, a shop procedure typically performed with a factory scan tool. Also, reflashing typically requires specified, stabilized voltage to a minimum level, and if the voltage dropped, the reflash likely would fail.

It is possible for a smart charging system to provide that capability and even transmit the voltage data to the cloud server. But to maintain the voltage through an entire reflash, the file size would have to be very small. So some reflashes still would have to go to the car dealer, even if not all.

The system would have to be designed for recovery in cases where a file didn’t load properly or if the motorist had to abort it for a driving emergency. And even if it seemed to go well, there would have to be an absolutely positive verification algorithm, Raphael pointed out. “The current system does not perform reflashes and is not designed to,” he noted.

Here again, the first applications of remote reflashing would likely be done when a car is in the dealer shop for other service. During this period, one of the special battery chargers used to maintain required voltage for reflashing could be connected, and the success of the update could easily be verified. However, verification often is done by a shop scan tool, so a cloud-to-modem equivalent is well within current technology.

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http://www.autonews.com/article/2017...rossover-spied

Hyundai's upcoming fuel cell crossover has been spotted virtually bare just months ahead of its formal production debut in early 2018.

Spy photographers recently captured the FCEV on public roads, revealing the crossover's styling cues are largely carried over from the concept that debuted in August.

The FCEV will replace the Tucson fuel cell vehicle in the U.S. market. It's built on an all-new, purpose-built platform for its hydrogen fuel-cell architecture and it is targeting a range of between 310 and 360 miles on a single tank. Horsepower is estimated to be around 160.

The production FCEV will be formally introduced at the CES technology expo in Las Vegas in early 2018; it's due to go on sale in the U.S. later in the year.

This dedicated hydrogen crossover will be just one of eight new or redesigned crossovers Hyundai has planned for the U.S. by 2020. Other models include the new Kona subcompact crossover and an all-electric Kona, a yet-to-be announced A-segment model slotted below the Kona and a larger, eight-passenger model to replace the current Santa Fe.
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https://www.topgear.com/car-news/hyu...own-sports-car

Thought Hyundai’s N division was only hot hatches? Think again

Hyundai’s N division is currently two cars old, having made the i30N and Veloster N. Both are hatchbacks with 2.0-litre turbo engines, and their oily bits are identical. But we can expect more diverse products in the future.

So says Albert Biermann (pictured), boss of Hyundai’s performance car offshoot, and with decades of service at BMW’s phonetically similar M division on his CV.

“My degree of freedom here is much bigger than at BMW,” he tells us. “Now M badges go everywhere in the BMW range, but when I was there I had to fight like crazy for every car. Here I am more than welcome to do whatever I think we need to do.”

Could that mean a bespoke car, rather than a mainstream Hyundai with more performance? “Yeah, we have been working on this. Like the Racing Midship, which we’ve done three versions of. We are still working on these cars, trying different things. Maybe someday we will have such a car. There is no decision yet, but it could happen.”

The Racing Midship was a Veloster made mid-engined, a layout not only new to Hyundai, but pretty alien to BMW, too. Biermann’s not scared of trying something fresh, though, a front-wheel-drive hot hatch like the i30N contrasting heavily to the rest of his back catalogue. “It always comes back to the philosophy of the car, and there is no big change for me coming from rear- to front-wheel drive. Of course, the i30N doesn’t have tons of power, but the way we develop this car is clearly following the high performance spirit.”

A sports car halo is a little while off, though. “We are just starting,” says Biermann. “Our sales network is not used to performance cars, and we need to take a little time. Spreading out too many cars too fast is not the right thing. If we started with a bespoke car in the first place, people would have no idea what to do with such a car.”

So what’s next? A saloon-like i30N Fastback has been spied testing at the Nürburgring, and is likely to be the third N-badged car, while a venture into performance SUVs is almost inevitable. “Any of our cars is strong enough to make it into an N,” says Biermann, who also suggests an EV is possible.

It’s worth pointing out his team also works across Kia and Genesis products, so some N fettling (though not N badging) could make it across those, too. The Kia Stinger and Genesis G70 are already taking on lower-rung BMWs, so it seems fair to suggest some proper performance tuning could push them right into conflict with Biermann’s old employer, surely…

“You cannot compare Hyundai performance cars to those from brands like Mercedes or BMW… yet,” says Thomas Schemera, who has just joined Biermann to run N division, the pair having worked at M division together for nearly a decade.

Should we see Hyundai as a rival to them eventually? “Yeah. We are not on the way to copy and paste, we are finding our own way. We don’t try to copy AMG, BMW or Porsche. Maybe in the future we have a brilliant idea to compete with them in one or two segments. Maybe in three or four years the strategy will change and we will compete with the big boys. Anything is possible. You won’t believe what we are capable of.”

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https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/24/...engines-grant/

Hyundai returns to spark-compression engines with $5 million grant

It's part of plans to release 38 eco-friendly vehicles with Kia by 2025


Hyundai said Monday it has won a grant worth $4.95 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to support research and development for an advanced, mixed-mode gasoline spark-compression engine, meaning the Korean automaker appears to be back at it in its quest to develop a fuel-efficient, low-emissions gasoline compression engine that can catch the likes of Mazda's Skyactiv-X.

Hyundai says the three-year grant will leverage existing work with advanced valve train and previous DOE-funded technologies. Hyundai previously was working on its own HCCI — short for homogeneous charge compression ignition — project, developing a Gasoline Direct-Injection Compression engine with help from Delphi that used supercharging and turbocharging, a high compression ratio and fully variable valve train. But it has never come to fruition, reportedly due in large part to added costs.

Hyundai in December said it plans to release 38 environmentally friendly vehicles along with its affiliate Kia, and using a variety of technologies, by 2025. Hyundai alone will account for 18 of them. The aim is to use the spark-compression engines for conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids.

"The opportunity to explore mixed-mode engine technology through the DOE's grant signifies Hyundai's commitment to advanced research technology and compression engines," John Juriga, director of powertrain technologies at Hyundai America's Technical Center near Ann Arbor, Mich., said in a statement. "The co-operative research project along with Michigan Technological University and Phillips 66 signifies the importance in developing fuel and engine innovations that work together for optimal vehicle performance and leading fuel economy ratings."

Mazda's Skyactiv-X compression-ignition engine uses Spark Controlled Compression Ignition to achieve diesel-like gains in fuel economy — about 20 to 30 percent higher than its current gasoline engines — and lower emissions from regular gasoline. It's said to debut in late 2019.
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Why didn't Mazda get this instead?
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Agreed, especially since they're so much (appear to be) along in the process & have already put a few prototypes on the road.
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Car keys have been on their way out for a while. First, the ignition key itself gave way to start buttons (making a comeback decades after their introduction, but this time with wireless key signals). Keypads for opening doors have been around for a while as well, but never quite caught on, as Ford found out.

The next step, if industry trends win out, will see key fobs disappear altogether in favor of biometrics, specifically fingerprint access.

While fingerprint access has been around on phones and other devices for some time, Hyundai will reportedly place this technology into cars starting in 2019, the Korea Herald reports. But not in all markets -- just in China, for now.

Hyundai reportedly demonstrated a fingerprint identification system built into door handles and vehicle start buttons in a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe last month. But the system does not rely on the fingerprints alone. Rather, the built-in sensor measures electricity levels in different parts of a finger to identify the owner. This gets past the problem of faked fingerprints, and once multiple drivers are registered with a given vehicle this system can tailor individual seat settings to each driver.
While such fingerprint scanning tech can eventually be coupled with various features, such as geofencing and speed limiters for teen drivers in addition to seat position preferences, there are other potential uses that are a little less pleasant. For instance, in a leased vehicle a bank could shut down your access to your vehicle if you miss a payment. So there's that unwholesome scenario.

If you're wondering why some automakers are leaning in this direction, aside from the gee-whiz aspect during a dealership demo and eliminating the problem of losing one's keys, there's also the aim of theft prevention, as car thieves have been able to record and then play back key fob signals to unlock and start cars.

We're likely to see a few variations of biometric tech make its way into cars in the next decade, including facial recognition that debuted in smartphones not too long ago (with mixed success), before everything once again returns to a metal key that you have to twist and turn.


Read more: https://autoweek.com/article/technol...#ixzz5auGChr3d
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So, forget about valet parking, or vehicle service (outside of the dealership, which would assuredly have an override).
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^ I assume they still have a mechanical key as backup.
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That's going to make car rentals a PITA. Many rental vehicles are Hyundais / Kias. Having to erase and re-program each vehicle for every renter or car rental employee (not to mention different rental locations) each time a rental vehicle comes in.... No thanks.
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Some assumption would be that this would be a feature on higher trim levels & maybe not present on base/mid trims. Or, fleet (rental) vehicles could have it omitted.
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There's always a backup. Even with the push to start keys now, there's a backup.
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True, whether that's pushing the start button with the key, or something like the Mercedes, where you just pop out the start button & it's a keyhole that the remote goes in.
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Every time I have to turn the key manually in a car I feel like a peasant. I wholeheartedly welcome biometric access methods. As long as they're implemented properly, and continually improved, they could be miles ahead of transponder keys. May be a mild pain to set up initially, but more secure ultimately.
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