Hyundai Motor Company has revealed its future vision for health-conscious vehicles that connects mobility and wellness by creating in-car conditions that increase focus or relaxation. Unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Health + Mobility Cockpit is a concept enabled by the monitoring of health and related indicators to help manage the stress and other negative effects of driving.
In the near future, a series of sensors throughout the car could monitor the physical and mental state of the driver, detecting everything from the driver’s posture to their respiratory rate and breathing depth. Also, the car could measure heart-rate variability for stress response, and use eye tracking and facial feature recognition to track alertness and emotional state. To promote mental awareness and focus, the car could then respond by delivering a customised multi-sensory experience.
Micro experiences are delivered through Mood Bursts that can be used to create a variety of physical and mental responses. If the Healthcare Cockpit’s sensors detect that the driver is losing concentration at the wheel, an Alert Burst can be triggered to engage them. Or if sensor data shows the driver is in traffic or the driver has elevated stress levels, a Calm Burst can be activated to boost relaxation.
Most importantly Mood Bursts can be personalised, choreographed experiences to create a desired physical or mental impact. Sensory “bursts” create distinct, contrasting moments rather than prolonged environmental change. Mood bursts combine two or more of the following micro experiences to create various driver responses: Posture, Scent, Light, Temperature and Sound.
The car’s music and radio applications are able to sync with the Healthcare Cockpit’s sensors to create relaxed or dynamic environments. Alongside the type of sounds played, volume can increase during an Alert Burst, while softer, acoustic music can be paired with a Calm Burst.
Hyundai’s health and mobility concepts allow drivers to intentionally shift modes for increased personal productivity or relaxation. Many distractions are inside the car, so the Healthcare Cockpit uses the following modes to help drivers be both safe and productive without having to take their eyes off the road:
Enrichment – Integrated smartphone applications curate discovery playlists of new music, radio stations, podcasts and news stories.
Connection – Hands-free conversation with family and friends reduces isolation and keeps drivers connected to the world outside of the car.
Reflection – One-touch recording allows drivers to be alone with their thoughts, and capture them when inspiration strikes.
Check-list – Small but necessary tasks are accomplished through voice commands and smartphone integration.