Traffic, whether in Metro Manila or in far-out provinces, seem to have become staples in our country. Getting stuck in a jam wherever you are means one thing: you’re caught in a swirl of air pollution. Despite cars having air recirculation systems, it doesn’t mean we’re breathing clean air all the time. Hyundai Motor Group recognizes this, and they developed a system that monitors and automatically filters air inside the car. 

Building on the Group’s prior work to enhance in-car air quality, their intelligent Smart Air Purification system is an automated system that continually checks and purifies the interior air quality until it gets an “Excellent” rating.

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“Enabling our customers to breathe the cleanest air, even in highly-polluted areas, is a demonstration of how Hyundai Motor Group strives to care for its customers,” said YongSuk Shin, head of FR Interior & Exterior System Engineering Design Team. “This innovation is just one of many projects we are working on to provide our customers with the best in-car environments”, he added. 

Conventional air purification systems only operate for a set duration of time when activated and turn off, only to be turned on manually later on when needed. Hyundai’s System, on the other hand, constantly monitors the air quality and when it drops to “Fair” levels, the purification function automatically kicks in.

The cabin’s air quality levels can be monitored by everyone inside via the car’s audio-video navigation screen. A 16-bar digital display fluctuates real-time which categorizes four levels of air quality (Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor) based on the presence of fine particulate matter, according to Korea Environmental Corporation Standards.

Pollution out, fresh air in with Hyundai’s intelligent air purification system image

This new interior purification system is paired with advanced, high-performance air filters which enhance the collection rate of fine air particulates. It also features a charcoal-based deodorization function and can automatically close car windows to assist in the purification process.

Given how visibly poor (we can even smell it, really) our air quality is, this innovation is a good step towards motorists’ health. This is, until such time that getting stuck in traffic jams has been solved by our country's governing bodies. Here’s to hoping that Hyundai makes it standard across its entire vehicle lineup worldwide.