Hyundai is developing an exoskeleton that it hopes will eventually become a transportation device. The future will look less like Iron Man and more like Aliens.
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I was really excited when Google announced Android Auto last year. I spend a lot of time driving, and it sounded way safer and more convenient than sticking my phone to the dash. Eleven months later, I finally got to take it for a spin. The TL;DR version? I want it in my car, like, now. I bet you'd like it too.
Starting today, you'll be able to test the first wave of truly connected cars. Android Auto is now available on its first integrated vehicle, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. As you head to your local dealership to test drive it, you can practice talking to your car on the way: "OK, Google..."
If you've ever watched an episode of The Walking Dead, you'll know that the mint green Hyundai Tuscon is the soft-roader of choice for outrunning the undead. Hyundai has now taken its product responsibilities one step further, working with Robert Kirkman to design a new "zombie-proof" Elantra Coupé to celebrate the comic's 100th issue.
When you think about it, the design for the humble automobile hasn't changed much over the past few decades. Sure, you have different classes of cars, but they all conform to a fairly standard formula. The three door Hyundai Veloster is a bit different, a coupe/hatchback design with a single rear door on one side.
It's as if an Apple store were in a terrible car accident. This Hyundai Genesis has been stuffed the the brim with various Jobsonian tokens, including a three Apple computers (a MacBook Air and two Mac minis), an iPod touch, an iPhone (do these guys realise that an iPhone is basically an iPod touch?) and a 20" Cinema Display in the trunk. In other words, the place looks just like Brian Lam's living room. (We kid! We kid! Brian has way more Apple gear than this crappy car.) Here's a bonus shot of the trunk:
Hyundai and Microsoft have just agreed for the latter to develop software for the former's cars, shoving in a "music and information system" by the year 2010. No details yet, but from the sound of things it seems like Microsoft's taking advantage of their experience with the Ford Sync system and making voice-control systems to manage stereos and mobile phones. The new system is also interesting because it's software-updatable, allowing nerds to bring up that old joke about what would happen if Microsoft built cars. The whole thing is aimed at bringing more young people into Hyundais, something Ford Sync was surprisingly good at doing.
The Provia A7, developed by Hyundai Telematics, is even more souped-up than its predecessor, the horny-making A1. It starts with a slim 7" 800 x 480 LCD, adds an animated touch interface, then packs in navigation, simultaneous reception of T-DMB TV and TPEG traffic and other data, a removable battery and a freakin' gaming system...with game controller! It's all in the video, with catchy "Mappy" theme song, below.
This Hyundai W-100 Wrist Phone is not the first mobile phone in the form factor of a watch, and it's probably not going to be the last, either. Hyundai is apparently marketing this watch we showed you in the form of prototype last summer from Chinese company Cect. That's a lot of tech to pack into a small space, and this is the best looking watch phone we've seen yet, too.