In a resounding commitment to safety and advanced technology, Hyundai Motor India is gearing up to equip its entire portfolio with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) within the next three years. Presently, five of Hyundai’s models already boast this cutting-edge technology, with plans to expand its reach significantly. Hyundai’s current lineup in India includes a diverse range of models, spanning from the Grand i10 Nios and i20 to the Aura, Exter, Venue, Venue N-Line, Verna, Creta, Alcazar, Tucson, Kona Electric, and the Ioniq 5. Of these, the Venue, Venue N-Line, Verna, Tucson, and the Ioniq 5 are equipped with ADAS. While the Ioniq 5 comes standard with this technology, the other four models offer it in higher variants.
With 33% of Hyundai’s current portfolio featuring ADAS, the company has set its sights on an ambitious goal. By the year 2024, it aims to increase this figure to an impressive 60%, eventually reaching a landmark 100% by 2026. This demonstrates Hyundai’s unwavering commitment to enhancing road safety and ensuring that the benefits of ADAS are accessible to a wider audience.
In addition to its strides in ADAS implementation, Hyundai has achieved another remarkable feat by becoming the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in India to outfit its entire portfolio with six airbags, including front, side, and curtain airbags, as a standard feature. Furthermore, all Hyundai vehicles now come equipped with three-point seatbelts and seatbelt reminders for every seat, reinforcing the brand’s dedication to passenger safety.
Hyundai has also made significant strides in enhancing the safety features of its vehicles, introducing Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – Highline across its entire model range. While these features may not be standard across all variants, their availability marks a significant step towards bolstering safety standards.
One standout achievement that underscores Hyundai’s commitment to safety is the impressive rating achieved by its popular mid-size sedan, the Verna, in the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) crash tests. The Verna received a coveted five-star rating for both adult and child occupant protection, marking a significant milestone for Hyundai Motor India.
In the assessment, the Verna scored an impressive 28.18 points out of a possible 34 for adult occupant protection, highlighting its ability to safeguard adult passengers during collisions. For child occupant protection, the Verna performed even better, securing 42 points out of a possible 49, a testament to its effectiveness in protecting younger passengers.
While the GNCAP lauded the Verna’s safety features and effectiveness, it did raise concerns about the structural integrity of the vehicle itself, rating it as unstable. This suggests that while the car’s safety mechanisms are highly effective, there may be room for improvement in the structural design of the vehicle to further enhance passenger safety.
Hyundai’s relentless pursuit of safety and innovation, as evident in its plans for ADAS integration and its commitment to equipping vehicles with advanced safety features, underscores its dedication to offering top-notch vehicles that prioritize the well-being of both drivers and passengers.