From the introduction of basic equipment such as seat belts and airbags to active features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, car safety has certainly come a long way over the past half a century.
Once innovative, these days features like head restraints that shield us in the event of a collision are commonplace in all cars. Meanwhile, technology like anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) that prevent skids and spins are now standard too. We’ve never been more secure behind the wheel.
However, the former only come in to play once our vehicles have actually become involved in a collision, and while the latter might help us stay in control and avoid any incident, they still rely on a driver to respond. However carefully and responsibly you drive, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to react correctly or in time.
A new movement in car safety
The good news is that a new movement in car safety is under way, and it is developing the equivalent advances of the past fifty years in the space of just five. As a result, the unreliable human factor will be removed altogether, as a new wave of vehicles that autonomously predict and avoid danger become accessible in all segments of the market.
Hyundai Motor has been at the forefront of this revolution, as witnessed in new models like the New Generation i30 that introduces the latest Hyundai SmartSense™ active safety and driving assistance technologies. The comprehensive package complies with the highest European safety standards: Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Front Collision Warning System and Pedestrian Detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Driver Attention Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist System, Speed Limit Information Function and High Beam Assist.
The genesis for many of these innovations came about courtesy of Hyundai’s research and development programme into driverless vehicles.
Using front-mounted camera and radar systems, the New Generation i30 scans the road ahead for preceding vehicles and applies partial or maximum breaking force if a potential collision is detected. If the driver begins to depart a lane unintentionally, the i30’s Lane Keeping Assist System senses the car’s position and sounds an alarm before using corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.
The i30’s Advanced Smart Cruise Control uses front radar sensors to maintain a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by autonomously accelerating and braking. When traffic stops, it applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill, automatically restarting the motor and accelerating when forward movement ahead is detected.
Hyundai has combined all of these systems and utilised the computer processing power now available, so its cars can see and respond to danger much faster than any human.
Hyundai’s New Generation i30 receives five-star rating from Euro NCAP
Last year, Euro NCAP, the independent vehicle assessment organisation responsible for awarding car safety ratings in Europe, began testing Autonomous Emergency Braking systems as part of its safety tests. Cars fitted with the best systems benefit from higher safety ratings.
The New Generation i30 received the maximum five-star safety rating from the body, and the results highlighted its AEB system in particular. Hyundai Motor is the first car manufacturer to receive the five-star rating for this segment under the new revised rating scheme.