Chief Executive of Hyundai Motor America John Krafcik was quick to stress that the HCD-14 Genesis Concept was not a new Genesis sedan, but, instead, “a spiritual guide for a future lineup of premium products.” The design gives drivers a look into the future of Hyundai and shows other manufacturers that Hyundai is geared towards making more innovative and ground-breaking vehicles.
Featuring a fluidic design from new designer Christopher Chapman, the vehicle is powered by a 5.0L Tau V-8 direct-injection that is an option in the current 2013 Hyundai Genesis that’s capable of 429 hp, 376 lb-ft of torque, and going from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. While the engine was the same, what was inside the vehicle is simply futuristic.
Rather than being littered with the standard buttons and knobs featured in vehicles, the Hyundai HCD-14 concept uses optical and 3D recognition technology. When the driver enters the vehicle and sits down, the car is able to recognize the driver by their eyes. This technology would certainly prevent vehicles from being stolen.
For operating accessories and basic controls of the vehicle, 3D recognition technology will be able to recognize hand gestures the drivers make. This type of technology is similar to videogame technology like the Xbox Kinect that allows users to play videogames by moving their body. Hyundai did not specify what gestures would be used as controls, but it’s easy to imagine point a thumb up or down to raise and lower the stereo system’s volume.
Happy Hyundai doesn’t know when this technology will be featured in new Hyundai vehicles, but it was announced a redesigned Genesis production model would be featured at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The dealership is located at 8900 S. Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Contact the dealership with any questions.