Hyundai Equus: New HMI, ADAS & free iPad!

Hyundai has launched the 2011 Equus at the New York Motor Show. The car is equipped with an advanced Driver Information System (DIS) whose menus are accessible through touch-screen menus or jog wheel which has adjacent buttons for menu short cuts.

DIS displays navigational maps, personal cell phone directories (downloadable via Bluetooth) and serves as the central control of the 17-speaker Lexicon Sound System.

The Equus also features a lane departure warning system that offers a warning light and chime after a one-second lane departure, and adds a haptic warning via the seatbelt after a three second lane departure.

In addition, Smart cruise control automatically manages the Equus’ speed through the braking and throttle systems to maintain a specified following distance selected by the driver.

Image courtesy: Autoblog

At the Auto Show, Hyundai surprised everyone by announcing it’s 2011 Equus sedan will come with a free Apple iPad that will serve as the car’s owners manual.

“The plan is to have a complimentary iPad with each vehicle,” Miles Johnson, Product Public Relations Manager for Hyundai, told TechNewsDaily.

The announcement, which is unprecedented in the auto industry, was downplayed in the announcement partly, Johnson said, because the iPad has yet to be officially released and Hyundai’s plan is still in the concept stage of development.

Hyundai has yet to even decide if the Equus will include a Wi-Fi only or 3G model of the iPad, but Johnson says the company already sees several uses for it.

“There are several concept applications,” Johnson said. “The owner’s manual would live on the iPad, could be updated easily and display pictures and video as explanations. The online application would be an asset. Owners could use the connection to schedule maintenance, schedule pickup and delivery, things like that.”

Even though Hyundai’s plan is in the early stages, the company is already hard at work on it.

“We have an ongoing relationship with Apple to purchase the iPads and create the apps,” Johnson said.

Apps — short for “applications” — are what would house the owner’s manual and provide features like maintenance scheduling.

Source: Hyundai, TechNewsDaily.

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