At around 8 p.m. on July 20th, Ahn Yong-min lost consciousness after serious car crash. At the Cheongna crossroads in Seo District in Incheon, a car veered off the road and slammed into his Kia Niro EV. His car broke into pieces.
He woke up in an Emergency Room. A lot has happened. His vital sign such as breathing and pulse have stabilized thanks to the state-of-the-art Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) of the Kia Niro EV. But still, he had to go through a treatment for a concussion and bruises. Over a month later, he talked about what had happened on that day with a calm voice.
“I opened my eyes in an Emergency Room and could not speak at all. I was devastated to imagine what my life could be if I could not walk and support my old father any longer. Two weeks later my doctor told me how lucky I was. She said my car literally saved my life. I also thanked the paramedics who arrived 4-5 minutes earlier than expected.”
He added, “But I guess the biggest help that saved my life was the UVO Automatic Airbag Operation Notification feature. I was lucky to have the UVO service in his car. When I purchased my Niro EV, I wasn’t really sure if this could be useful. Now I am fully recovered thanks to UVO and I am waiting for my new Niro EV.”
UVO Automatic Airbag Operation Notification
The golden hour, also known as golden time, is the period of time following a traumatic injury during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical and surgical treatment will prevent death.
When the airbag deployed in his Niro EV due to a traffic accident, the signal of operation is automatically notified to Emergency Rescue Center and they support emergency rescue and accident process. When he did not respond to a call from the Rescue Center, they immediately called 911 and sent the location information of his vehicle to a 911 operator. It took only eight minutes, which was crucial for his survival.
Hyundai Motor Group makes its customers feel safe even for unexpected accidents. When the airbag is operated due to a traffic accident, the signal of operation is automatically notified to Emergency Rescue Center and they support emergency rescue and accident process. The process is quite simple. When an airbag deploys, the 911 Connect feature automatically calls 911 and sends the location information of your vehicle to a 911 operator 24/7.
In case of an airbag deployment, the system sends an automated notification to the driver’s emergency contact persons (up to 5). The call-center can extend quick support to your location, with emergency services like ambulance and police.
Feature: Hyundai Motor Group’s Connected Car services
All the connected services – Hyundai Blue Link, The Kia UVO, and the Genesis Connected – feature the auto collision notification. Hyundai Motor Group’s connected car services also has various features that will make our lives way more convenient. The key features are Remote Control, Safety & Security, Vehicle Management, and Navigation.
Remote Control allows the driver to start or stop the vehicle engine or purify the air inside the car remotely. UVO can also locate the car by remote honk and light-flash feature. Especially for the Kia K7 Premier, the feature includes a Car To Home system that enables the drivers to control household appliances – lights, heater, or a gas valve – from inside the vehicle.
With a touch of the SOS button located on the inner rear-view mirror, the dedicated call center can provide emergency support like ambulance and police to customers. Also, customers can press Road Side Assistance button to get quick support. They can get the flat tyre changed or gas delivered on the highway.
Also, UVO features a stolen vehicle tracking system. The driver can remotely track the location of stolen vehicle on smartphone or take support from the car center for tracking. Sometimes the customer gets a notification if the vehicle idles more than the time defined in the UVO application. And this feature becomes more effective when it gets paired with Kia’s connected services. The call-center gives a call to the driver and double-checks if anything went wrong.
Vehicle Management allows the driver to get access to the vehicle’s monthly health report. Also the driver can get timely alerts to replace the vehicle’s consumable parts. This feature activates wireless updates for the latest map or software.
Navigation sends the best destination route to the car. It also uses website database to search desired destinations. The AI-powered voice command system makes it even easier and faster. The driver can share the destination location, know where the car is, or stay connected during a whole trip by sharing live location updates with other vehicles.
Hyundai’s determination to maintain pioneer role in connectivity services
Hyundai Motor Group’s connected car services will make the customers’ lives much easier and more convenient. The cumulative number of customers who use the Hyundai Blue Link, Genesis Connected Service, Kia UVO has reached one million (June 2019). This is due to Hyundai’s determination to change the way we use cars through their smart mobility services.
At the CES 2019, Hyundai Motor Group announced to promote the entire model with connected technology. For connectivity initiative, the company aims to secure 10 million active connectivity users globally and equip all its car models in the global market with connected car technology by 2022. And the plan to open additional big data centers is going to make the service available globally.
The more people use the connected car service, the more accurate information it holds. And consequently, this could lead to reduced traffic congestion. The Hyundai Motor Group’s connected car service will become a must-have quite soon.