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Hyundai gives heads-up to new smartphone Connectivity Concept

Shown at the carmaker’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany on the new i30, the technology offers car entry and locking via user’s smartphone and wirelessly mirrors smartphone concept to the i30’s central touchscreen.

On the i30, drivers can use the Connectivity Concept to lock and unlock the car by placing their smartphone over an NFC-tag (Near Field Communication).

By then placing the device in the centre console, drivers can then activate their user profile and stream content to the i30’s seven-inch touchscreen, including music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings. The smartphone is also recharged wirelessly.

The technology also uses utilises MirrorLink technology to wirelessly access and control personal content through the touchscreen including navigation, internet-based applications and multimedia. And it also caters for multiple user settings, which can be synced with the car.

Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and chief operating officer Hyundai Motor Europe, said: ‘With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion. As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.’

Hyundai has already announced a joint development agreement with Broadcom Corporation, which will power the next generation of connected cars. This agreement will see functions such as infotainment, telematics and other driver assistance systems like reverse parking cameras and lane departure warning integrated into Hyundai’s cars.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.