The Digital Key can be downloaded via a smartphone application and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology detects the presence of an authorised Digital Key-enabled smartphone in close proximity to the vehicle door.
The NFC antenna for entry identification is located in the handles of the driver and front passenger’s doors, whilst one for starting the engine is located within the wireless charging pad.
After unlocking the vehicle, the user can start the engine by placing the smartphone on the wireless charging pad in the centre console and pressing an engine Start/Stop button on the dashboard.
The user’s preferred vehicle settings are stored in the vehicle. When the key is recognised those settings are adjusted automatically – including the position of mirrors, seats and the steering wheel, as well as controls for the audio, video and navigation (AVN) systems and head-up display.
Hyundai’s Digital Key can be used to control selected vehicle systems remotely via their smartphone. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication, users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the alarm and start the engine. In addition, once the vehicles with autonomous parking features are commercialised, such features are also expected to be remotely controlled.
The level of access to different vehicle functions can be tailored to each user, for a defined period. The vehicle owner can preset the duration of vehicle use or limit the use to only certain features when renting the vehicle. For instance, it can even be used to enable a courier to open the boot to deliver a parcel.
Once car sharing becomes more widespread, the Digital Key will be further programmed to support hassle free vehicle rental where the owner and the driver won’t have to meet but can transfer the Digital Key via the smartphone application.
As well as making it much easier for a Kia vehicle to be included in a car-sharing program, in the future, the Digital Key will be further enhanced to allow for features such as an alarm to be triggered when the vehicle exceeds a defined speed or travels outside a designated area.
For cases such as using a valet service or visiting a repair shop, where handing over a digital key is not feasible, conventional smart key and card type key are also provided.
Hyundai Motor Group aims to gradually implement the technology in its new production vehicles, starting later this year.
NFC is a form of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which boasts a high level of security. The NFC wireless data communication takes place only when the device and the reader are placed several centimeters apart.
“The Digital Key will benefit a very wide range of future Kia and Hyundai customers, as well as enabling innovative new schemes for vehicle sharing,” said Ho Yoo, Group Leader of Hyundai Motor Group’s Electronics Development Group. “We are studying other ways to harness this type of connected-car technology to greatly enhance the driving and ownership experience.”
Early 2020, Polestar 2 will be the first car model on the market with an ADAS software system, e.g. pilot assist, collision avoidance, connected safety, that has been created and adapted by Zenuity and Veoneer.
In Polestar 2, Zenuity’s ADAS software stack has been integrated with Veoneer’s sensors and the active safety products ADAS ECU, front radar, and monovision cameras version 4 with algorithms using deep learning technologies developed by Veoneer.
“We are proud that Zenuity delivers its first production ADAS software system to Polestar – and we are equally proud to provide our active safety products including the new generation monovision camera system,” said Jan Carlson, Chairman, President and CEO at Veoneer.
Polestar is the electric performance car brand jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding.
While regular EV traction motors generally occupy the engine compartment, in-wheel motors, as their name implies, are incorporated directly into the wheels of the automobile. Benefits of this set-up include higher efficiency as a result of driving the wheels directly and bypassing the need for conventional power transmission mechanisms.
In turn, this allows for lighter and more compact designs. Additionally, independent control of the wheels opens up the possibility of making further improvements to electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control systems (TCS).
The most prominent features of Nidec's in-wheel motor are its high power and torque density and its lightweight properties. The prototype consists of a motor with integrated reduction gears and an oil cooling system. By leveraging the technology developed for the soon-to-be mass-produced E-Axle, a single in-wheel motor can achieve a power output of over 100 kW (135 PS)—equivalent to a 1,800 cc class gasoline engine—while weighing only 32 kg and being compact enough to fit inside a 20’’ wheel.
The motor is compatible with all of the common car layouts: RWD, FWD and 4WD. The company aims to start mass-producing the motor around 2023.
A prototype of this unique approach has been developed jointly by Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC) and Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corporation (CSP).
The module is made from carbon fibre sheet molded compound (SMC), glass fibre SMC and unidirectional glass fibre reinforced plastics (GFRP) to offer both high strength and low weight. Additional benefits include cost efficiency equal to that of an aluminum door module, and the ability to achieve deep draws and superior design freedom not achievable with a metal. The solution also withstands the heat level of the conventional E-coat automotive painting process.
Tough, lightweight, eco-friendly modules are increasingly being adopted, especially in Europe, for automotive components such as resin-based tailgates, bonnets (hoods) and roofs to help reduce CO2 emissions and further the range of electrical vehicles. Multi-material side-door modules for high-volume vehicles have been realised by some automakers, however, they still are particularly challenging for designers as these components must meet especially demanding requirements for shock absorption to protect passengers in crashes, fatigue resistance to withstand the stresses of repeated opening and closing and accommodate interior harnesses for electrical wiring and signal components.
Teijin plans to continue enhancing the quality of its side-door module capabilities by applying various high-performance materials and technologies available within the Teijin Group. Leveraging its strengths in composite technologies, the goal is to launch a commercial door module by 2025 and become known as a global supplier of multi-material automotive components, targeting sales worth approximately $2 billion by 2030.
"For over 120 years Goodyear has obsessively pursued innovations and inventions, partnering with the pioneers driving change and discovery in transport," said Chris Helsel, Chief Technology Officer at Goodyear. "With mobility companies looking to the sky for the answer to the challenges of urban transport and congestion, our work on advanced tyre architectures and materials led us to imagine a wheel that could serve both as a traditional tyre on the road and as a propulsion system in the sky."
The AERO is a multimodal tilt-rotor concept. It would serve as a drive train to transfer and absorb forces to and from the road in a traditional orientation and an aircraft propulsion system to provide lift in another orientation. With capable vehicles, the AERO would give future commuters the freedom to move seamlessly from the road to the sky.
The concept's spokes would provide support to carry the weight of the vehicle and act as fan blades to provide lift when the tyre is tilted. This unique airless tyre uses a non-pneumatic structure that is flexible enough to dampen shocks when driving on the road, and strong enough to rotate at the high speeds necessary for the rotors to create vertical lift.
The AERO concept would use magnetic force to provide frictionless propulsion. This would enable the high rotating speeds required to drive the vehicle on the ground and, when the wheel is tilted, lift a vehicle into the air and propel it forward.
The new concept would use light-based, fibre optic sensors to monitor road conditions, tyre wear and the structural integrity of the tyre itself.
The concept would also feature an embedded A.I. processor that would combine information from the tyre's sensors with data from vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. The A.I. processor would analyse these streams of data to recommend a course of action - allowing a vehicle to adapt to a flying or driving mode – and identify and resolve potential tyre-related issues before they happen.
While the AERO is a purely conceptual design, some of its featured technologies, such as a non-pneumatic structure and intelligent tyre capabilities, are being developed by Goodyear today, while others might become the basis for new ideas and potentially new products in the future.
"Goodyear's concepts are meant to trigger a debate on the tyres and transport technologies for a new mobility ecosystem," Helsel concluded.
Actronika is a French start-up working on disruptive HMI Technology (Human Machine Interface), adding advanced haptic technology to auditory and visual interfaces.
Novares’ investment is part of the exciting partnership between the two companies combining Novares’ expertise in designing and manufacturing automotive parts with Actronika’s technology on new HMI user experience.
Novares and Actronika are collaborating on advanced user experience projects within Novares open innovation lab, the Nova Car.
Actronika’s technology is already integrated in the Novares “Touch’N Feel” concept, incorporated in the Novares demo car, Nova Car #1. It is a haptic touch & scroll panel that enables drivers to keep their eyes on the road while minimising the recruitment of their attentional resources.
Novares and Actronika are working on innovative solutions for Nova Car #2 with intuitive HMI for the car of the future such as 3D or LCD displays co-developed with FlexEnable.
Gilles Meyer, Actronika co-founder and CEO, said ”We are extremely excited about our collaboration with Novares. They bring the needed know-how to integrate haptics into plastic parts and systems. Finite Element analysis and adapted design for plastic objects brings a new dimension to the development of haptic systems and interfaces”.
“This investment of Novares Venture Capital in Actronika, along with those in FlexEnable and APAG-CoSystis illustrative of the Group’s strategy to feed our Innovation ecosystem with close and long-term startup partnerships. Actronika’s haptic technologies are key in our smart surfaces technologies, allowing Novares to propose to its customers disruptive systems and intuitive solutions forall users in the car,” declared Pierre Boulet, Novares CEO.