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.