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Hyundai plans 38 EVs as it tries to catch up with rivals


Hyundai and its affiliate Kia have revealed ambitious plans to bring as many as 38 green cars to market in the next eight years, with seven models slated for launch in the next five. Most of them will be electric vehicles, senior vice president Lee Ki-sang told reporters last week, adding to the company's current green line-up of the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Soul, several plug-in hybrids and the hydrogen-based fuel-cell ix35.

SK Telecom, Hyundai launch home-to-car AI service


SK Telecom AI speaker owners will be able to start-up their cars at their home before they go out. SK Telecom and Hyundai have launched a home-to-car service that will allow customers to start their cars from home. Home2Car will allow customers to start their cars at home via voice commands on the telco's AI speaker NUGU. This ebook, based on a special feature from ZDNet and TechRepublic, looks at emerging autonomous transport technologies and how they will affect society and the future of business. The service will be available with Hyundai's Blue Link and Kia's UVO.

Kia and Hyundai cars will include AI assistants starting in 2019


Vehicles made by Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia will include built-in virtual assistants with AI-powered smarts beginning in 2019 (via Engadget). The plan to build smart assistants into vehicles will make use of tech created by SoundHound, the music identification company that has recently been focusing more on building AI agent software more akin to things like Siri and Google Assistant.

Prototype Genesis SUV melds hydrogen and plug-in power


It hasn't even been two years since Hyundai spun out its Genesis luxury badge as a separate division, but the new group is already making a name for itself. Genesis has unveiled its first experimental SUV, the GV80 Concept, and the prototype clearly pushes a few boundaries. The company isn't talking performance figures at this point, but the combination of electric and hydrogen power promises zero-emissions driving while still delivering a healthy range. The interior is just as much of a showcase. We've seen large displays in cars before (see: Tesla), but the GV80 has a 22-inch curved OLED display that "cascades" into the instrument cluster.

Hyundai develops fingerprint tech to unlock and start cars


Hyundai's fingerprint tech allows drivers to unlock and start cars using their fingers. Hyundai Motor has developed a car system that will allow drivers to unlock and start their cars using their fingerprints, it announced. The system will be installed in the 2019 Santa Fe with the aim of launching in China during the first quarter next year. Drivers can register their fingerprints to the car before using the system. There will be a fingerprint reader in the door handle that will send the encrypted data to the system and unlock the car.