Hyundai donates a mini EV with AI tech to a children’s hospital


Remember the Hyundai 45 concept that we saw in 2019? Well, before it goes into series-production as Ioniq 5 in 2021, Hyundai has built a one-of-a-kind mini EV based on that 45 concept and donated it to SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital in Spain. The mini EV is intended to put the young patients at ease and make them emotionally prepared for the treatment.

What makes it one-of-a-kind? Well, it features something called Emotion Adaptive Vehicle Control or ‘EAVC’ for short, which is an Artificial Intelligence-based technology developed in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. Notice the car’s dashboard with Facial Emotion Recognition System, combined with what appears to be a tablet display.

The EAVC technology monitors variables such as facial expressions, heart rate and respiratory rate, and optimizes the vehicle environment with lighting, music and fragrance dispenser, in order to make the child feel better. The display plays animations explaining the importance of vaccination and that it takes less than a minute to get one, for example. An app on the doctor’s tablet display lets him/her know whether the child is ready for the treatment.

For those interested to know, the mini EV has dual 24-volt DC motors producing an output of 240-watt (0.32 hp). It has a top speed of 7 km/h (4.35 mph).

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