Hyundai claims first assist systems for the hearing-disabled driver



Two new artificial intelligence systems to assist hearing-impaired drivers have been launched by the South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai.

Drivers who suffer from hearing loss depend heavily on their visual skills, but they also have tactile abilities, and car producer Hyundai Motor Group is exploiting both these facets in two new "freedom of mobility" systems to assist hearing-disabled drivers.

The first system, Audio-Visual Conversion (AVC), turns sounds from outside a car into visual warnings in the form of pictograms on a head-up display, or as navigational info communicated by LEDs in the steering wheel. The second technological breakthrough uses Audio-Tactile Conversion (ATC) to turn sound data into vibrations in the steering wheel to get across information such as distance from obstacles.

A YouTube video from the car makers shows both systems in operation in the tough daily environment of a hearing-impaired professional taxi driver. Hyundai is claiming their systems will let "hearing-impaired individuals get behind the wheel and be just as productive, capable, and safe drivers as the rest."