Hyundai Motor Group has developed an intelligent ‘Smart Air Purification system’ that monitors interior air quality to automatically filter the air inside a car.
Hyundai claims the new technology can remove fine particulates before passengers enter the car, and purification of cabin air throughout a journey.
The new development, already under consideration for future Hyundai and Kia vehicles, responds to growing concerns about the health impact of fine particulates, especially in highly-congested urban areas.
Conventional air purification systems only operate for a set period when activated, turning off after a designated time regardless of current cabin air quality. However, the new Smart Air Purification system constantly monitors the car’s air quality, activating the purification function if the air quality decreases to ‘Fair’ level.
It then maintains the cleaning process until the air quality improves to an ‘Excellent’ level. Even if the exterior air quality is at ‘Poor’ level, the system can purify air inside to ‘Excellent’ quality in almost instantaneously.
Passengers can monitor interior air quality levels via the car’s audio-video navigation (AVN) screen, with a visual 16-bar digital display of air quality that fluctuates in real-time. This is categorised according to Korea Environmental Corporation Standards, which categorises four levels of air quality based on the presence of fine particulate matter: “Excellent, Good, Fair and Poor”.