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A computer image of Hyundai Mobis’s “M.Vision S” concept car. [HYUNDAI MOBIS]

Hyundai Mobis will be introducing its “M.Vision S” concept car at the 2020 International CES exhibition next month to give the world a sense of how self-driving cars might work in the future.

The auto parts company, which is 17.24 percent owned by Kia Motors, first introduced the M.Vision concept car at the 2019 CES trade show in Las Vegas in January.

This was the first time Hyundai Mobis presented a concept car for an autonomous vehicle above Level 4, which indicates near full automation.

At the 2020 CES, starting Jan. 7 and running four days, the upgraded version - with the “S” suffix for sharing - will be placed at the center of the Hyundai Mobis booth. The company wants to show how an autonomous car might look if and when achieved.

As with the M.Vision, the M.Vision S will include Hyundai’s latest auto parts technologies, including cameras, radars, sensors, 3-D rear lamps and a “virtual touch” feature, which allows drivers to press virtual buttons on the front window just by pointing.

“Communication lighting” is incorporated in the M.Vision S. For pedestrians or neighboring cars, the self-driving vehicle can send messages like “go ahead” or inform them of obstacles in front, like water puddles, using the car’s headlamp. For drivers, software can perceive emotions and change the internal lights or music.

In partnership with Hyundai Transys, a company specializing in gearboxes and car seats 47.27 percent owned by Hyundai Motor and 45.37 percent owned by Kia Motors, the company has designed the interior of the M.Vision S to resemble a lounge where passengers can focus more on entertainment. Entertainment will be controlled through “virtual touch.”

This year, Hyundai Mobis will install more kiosks and interactive screens at its booth to help visitors better understand how future vehicles will process vast amounts of data and interact with people on the road.

A panel wall outside the M.Vision S vehicle will show a real-time video of the car’s internal screen on the front window. This screen is the main information board for the car.

The company says it is focused on installations that will help non-professional visitors understand Hyundai’s planned mobility technology. This will include a zone where people can design their own M.Vision S, changing the form and color using body motions and a room that plays films on hydrogen-powered mobility, including boats and trams, across a panorama screen that covers the ceiling.

At this year’s electronics trade show, Hyundai Mobis will present 20 of its latest auto parts technologies for future cars, including OLED clusters for the cockpits and advanced driver assistance systems.

“Our key words for this year’s CES exhibition are autonomous, connectivity and electrification - our goal in developing research and development [R&D] capability is to be just that: an ace in the future mobility game,” said Baek Kyung-kuk, a senior executive at Hyundai’s R&D team.

BY SONG KYOUNG-SON [song.kyoungson@joongang.co.kr]

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