Electric and autonomous technologies are among the highlights expected at the Geneva Motor Show, one of the biggest motoring conferences in the world.
One manufacturer looking at both these technologies is Hyundai. After successful test drives on the streets of Las Vegas, Hyundai has revealed it plans to bring its Autonomous IONIQ model as an exhibit to the Geneva Motor Show.
The company is bringing what is describes as its ‘autonomous IONIQ virtual reality cockpits’ for visitors to experience a drive in an autonomous car on the stand.
IONIQ uses a combination of LiDAR technology, GPS and high definition mapping software for its autonomous technology, as well as blind spot detection radar.
The Korean manufacturing company is also taking the chance to show off some of its hydrogen technology. Hyundai has been one of the bigger proponents of hydrogen-powered vehicles, and is using the Geneva show as a chance to reaffirm its commitment to fuel cell vehicle development.
As such, it is also showing its FE Fuel Cell Concept car – including Hyundai’s fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology. According to the company, the new fuel cells are 20% lighter, achieve 10% greater efficiency, and have an increased power density of 30%.
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Speaking before the Geneva Motor show, Katsushi Inoue, Honda Motor Europe’s president and chief operating officer, outlined the company’s plans to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025.
Inoue-san said: “We will leverage Honda’s global R&D resources to accelerate the introduction of a full portfolio of advanced, electrified powertrains for the European customer.”
Honda is also investing in hydrogen technology, and it revealed plans to unveil its ‘Clarity Fuel Cell’ model, boasting a range of 700km, as part of its Europe-wide HyFIVE (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles) initiative.