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Hyundai Motor America Delivers Best July Ever

  • Best All-Time Sales Month for Santa Fe Family
  • CUV Segment Up 25 Percent Compared to July 2014

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Backed by a strong month of CUV and mid-size sedan sales, Hyundai Motor America reported its best July ever with 71,013 units sold, up 6 percent compared to July 2014.

 

"With the increased availability of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport we experienced the strongest sales month ever with those models up a whopping 35 percent combined," said Bob Pradzinski, vice president, national sales, Hyundai Motor America. "The Tucson, our compact CUV, saw sales gains of 4 percent and with the all-new Tucson just arriving at dealerships we anticipate further growth in the months ahead."

 

The mid-size Sonata sedan saw sales of 22,080, a gain of 12 percent, representing the best July sales ever for the vehicle. Hyundai's sub-compact Accent achieved a gain of 14 percent, and Elantra family, although flat versus last year, sold 22,135 units. 

 

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      Bodywork
      Structure:         Hyundai Motorsport designed lightweight high-tensile steel roll cage
      Bodywork:        Steel and composite fiber panels 
      Length:            4,450mm
      Wheelbase:        2,650mm
      Width:            1,950mm
      Track Width:        1,610mm
      Fuel Tank Capacity:     100 liters
      Weight:         1,285kg minimum (including driver)*

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      €135,000 (approximately $155,000 in U.S. per current exchange rates)
      *mandated by TCR regulations
       
    • By William Maley
      What's the next step after heads-up display (HUD)? If you ask Hyundai, it may be holographic augmented reality (AR) display on the windshield.
      This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, Hyundai and Swiss startup WayRay showed off a Genesis G80 equipped with a holographic AR navigation system. Unlike current HUD systems that reflects the image onto the windshield via an LCD screen mounted on the dash, the system being shown at CES displays the image directly through the windshield. WayRay's current setup displays navigation, along with driver-assistance alerts like lane departure and forward collision warning.
      "The driver can enjoy vivid and precise holographic images without wearing a headset. The direction of movement is kept precise through the vehicle speed in real-time, and projecting navigational alerts through the windshield onto the road allows drivers to navigate safely while looking ahead undistracted," Hyundai said in a statement.
      Hyundai didn't say if something like this could appear in future models, but WayRay has gotten investments from a number of automakers to continue with the development of this system.
      Source: Hyundai


      Hyundai Motor Group and WayRay Unveil Next-Generation Visual Technology at CES 2019
      The Next-generation Visual Technology provides drivers with navigational and ADAS features to enhance their in-car experiences HMG aims to secure leadership in the holographic AR display industry that is expecting average annual growth of 30% The strategic partnership is helping HMG to lead the way in various tech-enhanced automotive developments and achieve its vision for future mobility Las Vegas, Jan. 08, 2019 — Hyundai Motor Group, in collaboration with Swiss deep-tech startup company WayRay AG, has unveiled the world’s first Holographic Augmented Reality (AR) Navigation System equipped in the Genesis G80 at CES 2019. The technology will be on display at the WayRay booth 3110, Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall, throughout CES 2019. 
      Hyundai CRADLE, the hub for Hyundai’s open innovation business, decided to strategically invest in WayRay last September in recognition of its leadership in holographic AR technology and its future growth potential. Prior to this initial investment, Hyundai Motor Group had been conducting its own preliminary research on applying holographic technology to vehicles in early 2017 and later expanded its commitment to producing quality parts with WayRay. The two parties have continued to develop holographic AR navigation technology in mass-produced vehicles, with long-term road tests in South Korea to minimize system errors. 
      “This demo car is the first step of the proof of concent (PoC), but is an important step towards technology driven innovation,” said Yunseong Hwang, Director of Open Innovation Business Group from Hyundai Motor Group. “Future mobility windshields will be more than just a piece of glass. AR holographic powered glass will serve as a platform to provide new services and open up new in-vehicle experiences.”
      The biggest advantage of a holographic AR navigation system built into the vehicle is that the stereoscopic image is displayed on the actual road and appropriately adjusted in accordance with the specific viewing angle of the driver, thereby delivering accurate driving guidance. The driver can enjoy vivid and precise holographic images without wearing a headset. The direction of movement is kept precise through the vehicle speed in real-time, and projecting navigational alerts throughthe windshield onto the road allows drivers to navigate safely while looking ahead undistracted. 
      Additionally, while conventional head-up display (HUD) units project a reflected image indirectly through an LCD screen mounted on the dashboard, the holographic AR display projects an image through the windshield. 
      WayRay’s display shows not only navigational features — such as lane guidance, destination points, and current speed — in augmented reality, but also incorporates ADAS features like lane departure warnings and forward collision warnings. The virtual image of 1,310mm x 3,152mm is projected at a distance of 15m from the driver’s eyes; Hyundai Motor Group has refurbished its HUD to fit WayRay’s system and offer the optimized solution to drivers. 
      The two parties will continue to work closely together to expand holographic AR technology to display people, objects, buses, bicycle lanes, and crosswalks, and additionally, further develop advanced ADAS functions such as a rear side warning system and the Highway Driving Assist (HDA) system.  
      In addition, they expect the incorporation of V2X (Vehicle to Everything) technology and connectivity features will allow data such as traffic signals, surrounding vehicle information, as well as road or weather conditions, to be provided in real time. 
      “As the automotive market is undergoing a profound AR technology-driven transformation, major automakers are quickly adopting AR solutions to find another competitive edge,” said Vitaly Ponomarev, CEO of WayRay. “I believe the strong partnership with Hyundai will help us scale up our deep-tech innovation to build customer-centric solutions at a meaningful scale and make driving more comfortable and safe for everyone.” 
      Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors are concentrating their research and development resources on acquiring AR navigation and other related technologies to improve upon and accelerate the next generation of displays and connected vehicles. Not only will this disruptive technology help Hyundai Motor Group achieve its vision of a more integrated and seamless blending of automotive technologies, but also assist in developing other closely related areas of interest such as wearable robots, smart-buildings, smart-cities and a plethora of other exciting possibilities.

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