Hyundai Genesis concept features eye-tracking, gesture-controlled cockpit
DETROIT--Dubbed the HCD-14 Genesis concept, this highly stylized sedan previews the future aesthetic and technology of Hyundai's large premium sedan.
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This massive grill looks like it would be more at home in the Chrysler booth on the front end of a 300 concept, particularly when capped with the winged-shield version of the Genesis badge.
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The HCD-14's profile borrows a bit too heavily from the Audi A7's liftback configuration with its gently sloping roofline that flows all the way to the edge of the rear deck.
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The front and rear lighting elements make use of LED lighting technology. Look closely at the taillights and you'll see the "Genesis" name embossed in the reflector
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These large chrome wheels are probably the most realistic bit of the HCD-14 concept's design and features.
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With a rear-hinged back-door, the HCD-14's cabin opens wide revealing seating for four adults in four bucket seats separated by a spinelike center console that flows from the dashboard to the rear bulkhead.
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You'll notice a very organic design for the HCD-14's cabin that contrasts with the precise design of the exterior. The dashboard flows into the doors and center console, making good use of leather, wood, and a few hints of carbon fiber. However, you may also notice a lack of buttons, dials, and rectangular displays.
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This small control knob, located on the center console near the driver's hip, is one of the only physical controls for the infotainment system.
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The HCD-14 Genesis concept makes use of eye-tracking technology in concert with a head-up display located near the center of the windshield. Drivers can select different areas of the infotainment system by simply glancing at the right icon and confirming with the control knob.
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A gesture control system also works with the infotainment system, allowing drivers to change radio presets by waving a hand, adjust volume by twisting an imaginary knob, zoom in on a map by moving a hand closer to the screen, and a host of other commands.
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Future of alternative interface
We weren't able to test out the gesture controls or the eye-tracking in show car. It will likely be a long time before we see these technologies manifest in a safe way in a production car.
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Concept to reality
We expect the next-generation Genesis sedan to include the HCD-14's LED front and rear lighting, the 5.0-liter Tau V-8 engine (which already makes an appearance in the current generation Genesis R-Spec), and the Audi-alike profile and design.
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Rear bucket seats
The production Genesis may also ditch the rear bench in favor of reclining rear bucket -- we've seen such a configuration on the automaker's Equus flagship -- but it's unlikely that Hyundai will want to give up the extra seating capacity.