Hyundai is all pumped up and ready to show what looks like an exciting line-up of new vehicles that are just perfect for the youth market at the Detroit Motor Show on 10 January. Just days after previewing the production version of its Veloster coupe-hatch, the company has given a sneak peek at another Detroit showpiece, a crossover concept vehicle called the Curb.
Hyundaiâ€™s Curb concept, revealed at the Detroit Show, was designed purely for the â€˜Yâ€™ generation, particularly those with an urban lifestyle and active night life. This target audience seeks a car with a rugged exterior so their friends on Facebook will think theyâ€™re tough, but contrasted with a high-tech interior that will even allow these social networking buddies to follow them around, among many other networking gadgets.
Inside youâ€™ll find Hyundaiâ€™s advanced Blue Link and vehicle connectivity technology, operated via touch sensors and screens. Here a large acrylic screen with multiple zones allows information to be passed between passengers all via a touchscreen that appears endless. According to Hyundai, it flows like a river from the gauge cluster to the center stack controls, across the instrument panel and all the way into back seat. The steering wheel itself is an opaque surface with a monitor showing through. There are also monitors in the back of the headrests and passengers can search for their favourite channel on Pandora.
Drivers are able to navigate their music via a 3D carousel of album cover art as well as view the related cover art for a currently playing track. The Blue Link Location Sharing feature will send Curbâ€™s location to select members of social networking sites. The process starts by adding friendâ€™s email addresses to the Blue Link Location Sharing website. The driver can then let his or her friends know they are en route by sending a Location Sharing message from inside the car. If a friend has accepted the ownerâ€™s invitation to Location Sharing then that location will show up as a point of interest on the navigation screen.
Ultimately, following your friends on Facebook could become easier than you ever imagined. Would you like to see technology like this in future cars?