posted 5 years ago

Hyundai Genesis Brakes To Avoid Safety Camera Convictions

2014 Hyundai Genesis Automatic Braking System

Controversial. The Hyundai Genesis brakes automatically if exceeding the speed limit close to safety cameras. But how? The vehicle contains a database that reveals the position of fixed cameras. The car also knows its location via the Global Positioning System (GPS). As such, it recognises the limit is (say) thirty miles per-hour and that it is travelling at forty towards a camera. It then warns the motorist via a beep and confirms the limit on the dashboard. The motorist can then take corrective action. If he/she fails to comply, however, the car automatically slows to the legal limit. This, of course, prevents the driver receiving a fine and penalty points on his/her licence. The system also operates in average safety camera zones but cannot recognise mobile units. The location of the latter are variable and not within its database. There are two ways to view this concept. On one hand, it ensures that the car is travelling at a legal speed and that is the purpose of cameras. It also benefits a responsible driver that has a momentary lapse in concentration. On the other hand, it could encourage a reckless motorist to consistently ignore the limit and trust technology to compensate. This fascinating system, after all, only intervenes when the driver is likely to receive a penalty. 

New Hyundai Genesis Overview

The Hyundai Genesis is a luxury saloon rivalling the BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The latest version will soon be available in The United States of America, South Korea, China and Australia, etc. “Limited numbers” will be sold in Europe too – but early versions do not have the safety camera braking system. Specification varies according to the market, but vehicles destined for the United Kingdom have a 3.8-litre, 311 horsepower, V6 engine teamed with eight-speed automatic transmission (and rear-wheel-drive). Buyers from other markets sometimes benefit from a 5.0-litre, 420 horsepower, V8 engine and four-wheel-drive. Luxury features include seats which extend to provide more leg support. These complement the supremely refined cabin that – thanks to a combination of wood and leather – has traditional elegance. The Genesis also has lane departure technology. This monitors the white lines and steers it back on course should the motorist wander. Furthermore, a beep/visual display alerts him/her when a vehicle is hidden in the blind spots. There is also the head-up display which projects the car's current speed, etc. onto the windscreen. What a clever machine.


Presumably, this would be illegal for use in France since you're not even supposed to have camera warnings installed in your sat-nav there! A car that slows down only to avoid the driver's prosecution seems a trifle immoral to me. How about a car that prevents you from speeding outrageously in the first place? (Yes, I know we all creep over sometimes) Oh no, silly me, I forgot. Speed limits are there for less able drivers to observe, leaving those who "only speed when it's safe to do so" to do what they like as long as they have system to make sure they don't get caught.

If I bought one of these cars, the first thing I would do is turn the 'speed camera' system off. I choose to operate the brake, not a robot.

We are always advised that these cameras are "safety" cameras and now a revenue making cash cow. If we are alert we would all brake to the speed limit to avoid a speeding ticket as well as being safe so this system should cause no concern. However, the wider implication of cars controlled by GPS to obey all speed limits at all times in all areas could quickly follow as the GPS systems could report where a 50mph limit starts, changes to a 40 and then say back up to a 60 limit. If that level of control is adopted would we need to drive at all. Google cars would have you hop in, tap in your destination and arrive there without any other involvement. That's not what I want as a motoring enthusiast.

I'm in two minds about this. The trouble with cameras is that they monitor an infinitely small section of the country's highways. From a safety point of view, technology that kept speeds within the maximum permitted on ALL roads plus, say, 10%, I could see the point of. Personally, I'd love a system which meant that I would never again be caught out by the local council/constabulary's cash cow.

Sorry Wayne, IMO = in my opinion. I thought I was being a bit "with-it", for an old fart like me.

I may be thick, but what does Mike Hallett mean by "IMO"?

A gentle reminder to the driver that speed limits apply is one thing, taking over the function of the vehicle is a step too far IMO.

Another question, In a few circumstances although illegal and liable to being fined, some of the cameras are on single-carriageway with a 60 limit, on occasion it is more prudent & safer if already overtaking to accelerate further thereby briefly exceeding the speed limit for safety reasons. Will this vehicle allow manual override if required or is it Big Brother and all knowing?

Would this vehicle be illegal in several European countries, where the use, and in some, even the possession in the vehicle, of equipment which warns of fixed safety cameras is against the law? Perhaps Hyundai could answer that question? If so, can the system be deactivated if one is going to the continent on summer hols?