Hyundai Mobis is showcasing a slew of new technologies in a pair of new mobility concept cars designed specifically to improve the public transit experience in urban environments. The M.Vision X is a 4-seater cabin with multiple screens and a 360-degree field of vision, while the M.Vision POP is a more compact 2-seater cab that can be controlled with a smartphone.
Both cars are intended to reduce the amount of contact that passengers have with other people in the wake of COVID-19. To that end, the M.Vision X uses UV light to sterilize the interior of the vehicle after each trip, ensuring that the car is clean before the next group of passengers climbs in.
Once inside, travelers will find a square, central pillar with four 28-inch displays (one on each side) that allow passengers to control various aspects of the vehicle, including the autonomous driving and infotainment systems. The displays are fully contactless, and can be navigated with gesture recognition. The outer windows similarly double as screens, enabling a fully immersive viewing experience (whether for a concert or a sporting event) thanks to the 360-degree field of vision. They can also be left transparent should the passengers wish to view the scenery.
The M.Vision POP, on the other hand, lets passengers use their phone like a steering wheel to control the vehicle. Other features include voice recognition and an e-Corner module that allow all four tires to rotate 180 degrees. The latter feature allows the vehicle to move sideways (Hyundai Mobis calls it crab driving), and makes it much easier to parallel park.
“We worked hard to sublimate the changes in life people have had to cope with in the post-COVID-19 era with new mobility technologies,” said Hyundai Mobis VP and Fundamental and Advanced Lab Head Cheon Jae-Seung. “The new mobility platform contains the spirit of technical exploration, which enables people to feel the joy of everyday life.”
Hyundai Mobis introduced updated version of its M.VICS Integrated Cockpit System alongside the two new concept cars. In that regard, the company has displayed a consistent interest in using biometric technologies to improve on-road experiences. The company invested $5 million in the computer vision start-up Deep Glint, and has since released a driver assist system that uses face biometrics to send alerts to drowsy drivers. Hyundai Mobis also invested an additional $20 million in a pair of Silicon Valley venture funds in a search for new potential partners.