As a leading car manufacturer, Hyundai prides itself on its excellence in providing quality car models with the highest standards of safety.
Over the years, the brand has continued to consistently win numerous awards for its high standard of safety, becoming a paragon of excellence in the field. In 2019, Hyundai was among the Top 3 brands in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study – the second year in a row.
At Hyundai, they believe in always striving for advancements in driver safety. This is why all of their models are equipped with cutting-edge safety features and technologies to ensure that their drivers are as safe as possible.
In this article, we take a look at some of the best safety features Hyundai has to offer.
Technological Features & Accident Prevention
Prevention is better than cure. This applies to car accidents, too. Thankfully, Hyundai has a variety of technological features aimed at doing just that.
Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) utilises advanced radar senses to monitor stop-and-go traffic intuitively by measuring the distance to the car ahead while in cruise control.
SCC automatically adjusts vehicle speed and engages the brakes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to maintain a safe distance, which can easily be changed to suit your preference. This makes driving on congested roads a breeze.
In 2019, Hyundai further upgraded this technology by introducing the world’s first SCC Machine Learning (SCC-ML) system which learns the driver’s behaviour behind the wheel and replicates it.
While previous self-driving systems have 3 or 4 patterns at the most, SCC-ML offers more than 10000 different patterns.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) & Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) & Lane Departure Warning (LDW) prevent accidents from occurring when a driver dozes off at the wheel.
Hyundai’s LKAS uses a state-of-the-art sensor in the windshield to scan the road in front of the car and monitor the lane markers on both the left and right sides. LKAS then gently steers the vehicle back into the lane.
Depending on the model, the LDW will send an audible warning or a vibration to the steering wheel to alert the driver when the car strays from the lane.
Models featuring the LKAS in 2020 include the Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, Veloster, and Elantra models.
Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA)
Using a combination of radars and camera sensors, Hyundai’s Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) system prevents potential on-road collisions with pedestrians or other vehicles by automatically reducing the speed of the vehicle and alerting the driver.
The ESC further enhances this by intuitively applying the brakes at the right time.
Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS)
If you find yourself having trouble when parking, Hyundai has the solution for you. Their Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) detects how much parking space there is and steers the vehicle to accommodate it. Newer models are able to utilise this for reverse and parallel parking as well.
The latest advancement to their SPAS is the Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) which is a fully-autonomous parking system. The system parks the vehicle while the driver sits inside or stands outside and oversees the process at the push of a button.
Physical Features & Damage Control
In the event of an unavoidable accident, Hyundai still has you covered. The many innovative physical features they have designed to protect occupants ensure that the risk of injury is minimised.
Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS)
Hyundai cars are made of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) which is 10% lighter and 200% stronger than a regular steel plate. Hyundai uses AHSS in the crushable zones of the vehicle, as well as the passengers’ cabin to ensure maximum damage absorption.
The hot-stamping process of AHSS utilised into the B-pillar also guarantees maximised safety in the event of a collision by optimising the structural integrity of the vehicle.
Seat Belt Pretensioners
Hyundai’s seat belt pretensioner technology retracts occupants’ seat belts and fully tightens them before full impact to allow airbags to be deployed safely. The seatbelts are then released slowly to reduce the risk of injury.
The pre-safe seat belt feature also keeps occupants in secure positions in the event of emergency braking or loss of control.
Energy Absorbing Steering Column (EASC)
During a front-end collision, the airbag located in the steering wheel absorbs the impact and protects the driver. Hyundai’s energy-absorbing steering column reacts to this and collapses to reduce the risk of severe injury or fatality to the driver.
Going Further For Your Safety
When it comes to driving safety, you cannot afford to cut corners. This is why Hyundai, with their dedication to innovation and advancement, has proven time and time again to be the leading choice for drivers.