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But the engineers at Hyundai have come up with a way to save speeders from their own bad habits. The automaker is showing off a new system that not only alerts the driver to hidden speed cameras, but will automatically slow the vehicle down to avoid a ticket.
"It knows there is a speed camera there," spokesman Guido Schenken told reporters during a session marking the Korean launch of the newly redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan. "It knows where the speed camera is and it will adopt the correct speed."
The system relies on some basic technology. Its onboard navigation system has a database showing where speed cameras are known to operate, and that information is linked to the sedan's auto-brake system. Drivers are given an audible alert about a half-mile before they approach the camera. If the motorist doesn't slow to the speed limit, the automatic braking system kicks in, gradually slowing the vehicle.
The speed camera system is the first offered by any automaker and is part of a broader suite of electronic safety, comfort and convenience features on the new Genesis sedan, which was designed to compete against such established luxury competitors as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
For now, the speed camera detection system will only be offered in South Korea. But questions surrounding the legality of the technology are likely to arise if it makes its way over to the U.S.
Several states, Canada and a number of other countries ban the use of radar detectors. But the Hyundai system relies on a database of known locations, rather than a detector system. That difference means, however, that the technology would not work against cops scanning speed from radar detectors on the side of the road.
For American motorists who want to avoid speeding tickets without slowing down, there are a few options. Where legal, some radar detectors now have access to speed camera databases, as do a number of the portable navigation systems sold by Garmin.
There also are speed camera apps for smartphones, such as CamSam, which claim to offer continuously updated databases. Like the Garmin navigation units, they provide warnings ahead of a camera, but unlike the Hyundai system, it's up to a driver to respond in time.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
January 18, 2014
DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cars.com, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, announced tonight at its annual “Best of” award show that the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the winner of the site’s Family Car of the Year award.
“The redesigned Santa Fe Sport’s interior flexibility and available convenience and safety features, such as side window shades and blind spot monitors, make it a natural choice for families,” said Kristin Varela, Cars.com’s Chief Mom. “A few of our experts even called the Santa Fe Sport ‘fun to drive,’ which is a rarity for a family car where driving fun isn’t often a priority for auto makers.”
Nominees for the 2014 Family Car of the Year were the Buick Enclave, Honda Odyssey and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
“Families come in all shapes and sizes and so do our favorite family cars of 2014,” said Varela. “Each nominee offers unique features and qualities that are perfect for any family, and while the Santa Fe Sport is our top pick, each nominee would make a great option for families in the market for a new car.”
For larger families, Hyundai also offers the Santa Fe which adds an additional row of seating and was a nominee for Cars.com’s “Best of 2014″ award.
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