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Hyundai’s NEXO is a hydrogen-powered SUV

It only emits harmless water vapor

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Hyundai continues to go green.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, car manufacturer Hyundai Motor has launched NEXO which is the second-generation commercialized fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) from the company. The SUV comes as a successor to the company’s Tucson FCEV and packs new and updated features.

Having your car run on fuel cells has major advantages. For one, it results in higher efficiency than on gas or diesel engines, is way quieter, and since there is no engine, maintenance and servicing costs are much lower.

Oh, and the most important of all: The drivetrain emits nothing but water vapor — making the NEXO a dear friend to Mother Nature.

The new hydrogen powertrain is then supported by special features to further make the SUV attractive. Hyundai is proud to announce its Blind-spot View Monitor which uses wide-angle view of its surroundings to see areas not seen by a traditional rearview mirror. This is an industry-first technology that allows the driver to see video footage from both sides of the vehicle.

Since we’re in the era of smart cars, Hyundai has also equipped the NEXO with semi-automated driving functions.

Lane Following Assist basically keeps you centered in your lane and works at speeds between zero and 145kph on both highways and city streets. While we’ve seen similar tech on other vehicles, it’s a first for Hyundai. There’s also Highway Driving Assist that works with sensors and map data to ensure safe operation and keep your speed in check.

The vehicle doesn’t stop at the ability to self-drive. It is also capable of parking and retrieving itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car. Additionally, having a dedicated architecture for a fuel cell setup makes it possible to relocate the battery to the trunk and provide more cabin space for the passengers.

The NEXO is powered by a 40kW battery pack that delivers energy to its 120kW electric motor. Hyundai claims that it has enough torque to reach 100kph in 9.6 seconds which is actually impressive for a vehicle that lacks an engine.

Finally, while other battery electric cars take hours to fully charge, NEXO only needs five minutes to fill up its hydrogen storage and can go for up to almost 600km.

Pricing is still undisclosed as of the time of writing but it should be available in select markets around the world starting early this year.

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Why Nissan’s new infotainment system looks better than others

As seen in the Ariya Concept

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Cars are turning up the heat in the infotainment department. Today’s vehicles have bigger and better screens nestled snugly on the center. However, for the current upward trend in technology, a few carmakers have refused to follow the zeitgeist.

Today, Nissan has announced its own unconventional take on the large infotainment system. Compared to everyone else’s central tablet-like dashboards, Nissan’s Ariya Concept puts the wave-like system in a more free-flowing position between the driver’s wheel and the center.

According to Nissan, the new design derives its inspiration from Japanese Futurism and Stanley Kubrick’s timeless classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Besides its aesthetic value, it lends itself to better functionality. Flowing horizontally, the layout matches a driver’s line of sight more than the more grandiose versions of systems today.

Despite stemming from the driver’s side, the Ariya Concept’s system is still easily accessible from a passenger’s perspective. Also, users can seamlessly switch information displays between positions. For example, if drivers prefer route directions right in front of them, they can transfer that information right in front of the steering wheel. Likewise, if they want to control the music, they can shift it there, too.

Naturally, a concept pertains to a marketable vehicle in the future. Though it already had its debut at CES 2020, the Nissan Ariya Concept has not made an official launch in the real world yet.

SEE ALSO: WOCEE 2019: Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour 2.0

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Tesla’s Autopilot saves family from deadly accident

Eight people were saved overall

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It’s not often that you hear a story about Tesla’s Autopilot saving lives from deadly mishaps. However, that’s what exactly happened in the UK last Saturday. Tesla’s Autopilot function literally saved eight people from a falling tree which could have resulted to their deaths.

The whole accident happened while a powerful storm ravaged the UK’s countryside. Laurence Sanderson, the man behind the wheel of a Tesla Model X, was driving when a large tree suddenly fell due to strong winds. In an interview with Mirror UK, Sanderson said he was unable to react on time.

Luckily though, Tesla’s Autopilot function kicked in and automatically applied brakes. While the tree did considerable damage, it could have totally crushed the car if not for that function. Laurence, his wife, and his three kids were saved by Tesla’s technology.

And by chance, the technology also saved three people in a separate Tesla Model X. Josh Whitelock was driving the other Tesla in the opposite direction when the tree fell towards their car. As with the other Tesla, this car’s Autopilot function kicked in and saved him, his girlfriend, and his mother from death.

The two Tesla Model X involved in the accident | Image by Mirror UK

All in all, Tesla’s Autopilot literally saved eight people. While the function is still far away from enabling a true driverless experience for Tesla owners, they can rest assured that their car’s Autopilot works on keeping lives away from harm.

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LG debuts world’s first curved OLED for cars

Featured in 2021 Cadillac Escalade

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Pretty soon, smartphones and televisions won’t be the only place you’ll find OLED screens in. The automotive industry is slowly perfecting the OLED screen for everyone’s cars. In particular, LG is partnering with a few car makers for this endeavor.

Earlier this week, Cadillac has launched the 2021 Escalade. Aside from what’s under the hood, the iconic SUV debuts the industry’s first-ever use of a curved OLED screen in a car. The massive 38-inch display houses LG’s P-OLED Digital Cockpit Solution. The all-new software displays the vehicle information and infotainment system.

The display itself combines three separate P-OLED panels into one. The largest panel measures 16.9 inches.

LG is also boasting a new augmented reality-enabled navigation system and night vision. Presumably, the new features make driving friendlier for any road condition and driving time.

With the 2021 Escalade’s debut, LG dips its toe into the automotive display market. It predicts substantial market growth in the industry by 2023. The display company is also expected to debut a similar display in Mercedes Benz vehicles later this year.

SEE ALSO: LG withdraws from MWC 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak

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