Hyundai Mobis plans to extend biotechnology to mobility to take care of drivers’ health

Seoul, South Korea, March 2 /PRNewswire/ —

– New “Smart Cabin” health technology analyzes vital data such as posture, heart rate and brain waves to enable safe driving.
– It switches to autonomous driving when the driver is under stress and controls the level of CO2 in the cabin
– Embedded technology that applies biotechnology to mobility…so that the vehicle can play the role of a “mobile health center”.

Hyundai Mobis (KRX: 012330) is the first company in the world to develop an integrated control unit that analyzes a driver’s vital signs such as posture, heart rate and brain waves, the company announced on Jun 23, 2022.

This technology, which the company called the Smart Cabin Controller, consists of four sensors for measuring the passengers’ vital parameters, a controller for analyzing these parameters, and software logic. It can be said that the company has developed something like an advanced brain that can analyze changes in life signs in real time.

Although the mobility industry already has controllers capable of processing specific vital signs, this is the first time a dedicated health controller has been developed that can perform an integrated analysis of various vital signs. With this new ECU, the company is well on its way to realizing safety technology that focuses on passengers rather than vehicle performance.

Hyundai Mobis believes that this special vital sign controller will help the vehicle play the role of a “driver health check-up center.” Health technology combined with mobility. To that end, car suppliers are making unprecedented efforts to hire biotech or robotics experts.

“Our key competitive advantage is a software solution developed for healthcare applications on mobility and a controller that enables integrated control,” said Cheon Jae-seung, director of R&D at Hyundai Mobis. “Based on the unique vital database we have built, we will continue to expand this technology to provide more features, including in-car sickness prevention, stress management and drunk driving prevention.”

The Smart Cabin Controller is equipped with four sensors: a 3D camera that captures the occupant’s position, an EKG sensor attached to the steering wheel, an ear sensor that measures brain waves flowing around the ears, and an HVAC sensor that measures temperature/humidity and carbon dioxide levels in the cabin . The control unit analyzes the various vital data collected by these sensors in real time to enable safe driving.

For example, it is recommended to switch to autonomous driving mode when the ECG sensor detects a high driver stress level, and to open the windows or switch to fresh air circulation mode when the CO2 level is too high. It is expected that this technology will be further developed to make the vehicle safe in an emergency, e.g. B. cardiac arrest, leading to an emergency room.

Last year, Hyundai Mobis also became the first company in the world to develop M.Brain, a driver monitoring system based on brain waves, and expanded its sales activities with M.VICS, a cockpit system for autonomous driving equipped with various new health technologies, including EKG sensor, driver monitoring camera and car sickness reduction technology.

Information about Hyundai MOBIS

Hyundai Mobis is the world’s 7th largest automotive supplier headquartered in Seoul, Korea. Hyundai Mobis has outstanding expertise in sensors, sensor fusion in ECUs and safety control software development. The company’s products also include various components for electrification, brakes, chassis and suspension, steering, airbags, lighting and automotive electronics. Hyundai Mobis operates an R&D center in Korea and 4 technology centers in Germany, China, India and the United States.

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