Hyundai today announced that NEXO will be the name of its all-new, dedicated Fuel Cell EV during a press conference at CES 2018, and disclosed Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that expand its autonomous driving potential.
The NEXO model will spearhead Hyundai’s plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles as the company gears toward its goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025.
Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM)
Hyundai’s Blind-spot View Monitor shows drivers on a center cluster screen the rear and side views of NEXO using cameras while changing lanes in either direction. The system uses wide angle surround view monitors (SVM) on each side of the vehicle to monitor areas that cannot be seen by a traditional rearview mirror.
Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
Lane Following Assist automatically adjusts steering to help keep NEXO centered in its lane of travel. LFA can keep NEXO centered at speeds between 0 and 145km/h on both highways and city streets. When paired with Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA) which utilises sensors and map data to ensure safe operation as well as automatically adjust speed in limited environments, NEXO will be able to self-drive on freeway.
Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
RSPA enables NEXO to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car. The RSPA system can even back a NEXO into a parking spot by itself with a touch of a button from the driver.
NEXO is Hyundai’s second fuel cell electric vehicle after the ix35 fuel cell. It will be available in select markets around the world starting in early 2018. Improving upon the ix35 FCEV, the NEXO has an estimated driving range of 800km, 206km more than its predecessor. Acceleration and power have increased to improve the overall performance.
Designed to handle extreme temperature and environments, the NEXO has been tested to operate in temperatures as cold as -28 degrees Celsius and as hot as 49 degrees Celsius. The next-gen FCEV also benefits from an improved air supply system for better performance at high altitudes. It also has shorter refueling times.