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Hyundai Motor Group Reveals Life-changing Technology to Assist Hearing-impaired Drivers

Monday, February 4, 2019
  • The technology delivers true ‘freedom of mobility’ by providing hearing-impaired people with a safe and comfortable driving experience
  • A heart-warming campaign video illustrates the possibilities for automobiles to help hearing-impaired drivers interact with their external environment

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) revealed a new innovative technology that assists hearing-impaired drivers.

Hearing-impaired drivers are dependent mainly on their sight and touch senses. HMG created a way of communication for hearing impaired people that incorporates both internal and external sounds through tactile and visual means, thereby expanding freedom of mobility to all drivers regardless of their physical limitations.

The technology utilizes artificial intelligence to analyze the external sound patterns and employs two separate driving assist systems that work together simultaneously – the Audio-Visual Conversion (AVC) and Audio-Tactile Conversion (ATC), to help hearing-impaired drivers who have an acute, highly developed sense of touch and attuned visual capabilities.

The AVC allows for safer driving, by enabling communication with the external environment through visual portrayals of sound patterns, such as warning sounds of emergency vehicles, as pictograms on the head-up display (HUD). The steering wheel is also equipped with multi-colored LEDs which indicate navigational information while driving. Rea more