It improves air quality and passenger comfort.
Hyundai has been offering a number of attractive and impressive new cars over the last few years that offer breathtaking design while other new models like the i20 N offer incredible performance. However, the latest technology from the Korean giant involves a part of the car that we often take for granted - the air-conditioning system.
Hyundai's new development aims to improve the quality of air in its cars by reducing the risk of mold, making the air as comfortable for passengers as possible, and reducing fine dust in the cabin. The new tech will likely show up in a flagship offering like the Hyundai Sonata or Hyundai Palisade first, while other Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis models will follow.
Three new technologies have been announced by Hyundai, the first of which is called After-Blow technology. This innovation dries any excess condensation on the A/C evaporator and thus suppresses mold growth that would naturally start to create unpleasant smells in the cabin. The system activates half an hour after the car has been shut off and remains on for 10 minutes to blow out any unwanted evaporation. It's clever too and will switch off if it detects the battery voltage dropping, or will simply not switch on if the outside air temperature is low or the A/C system hasn't been used for a while.
The second piece of tech is called Multi-Air Mode, and will allow for the same volume of air that you'd normally expect, but with new air slots in the seats, the air is blown out of the dash vents less forcefully. This creates a calmer environment that allows the car to be well-regulated in terms of cabin temperature without blowing a huge volume of air directly at occupants.
The final new innovation is a 'Fine Dust Indicator' that measures air in the car in real-time to allow the driver to detect how much fine dust is in the air. If there's too much, the system will automatically start cleaning the air and minimizing indoor humidity. If the air quality doesn't improve, this can serve as an indication that the air-conditioning filters need to be replaced or that seats and mats need to be decontaminated. The combination of these three new innovations in enhanced air quality are impressive details that show just how advanced our cars are becoming, and in a world with airborne viruses, any improvement is welcome.