We only have one safety goal for any Hyundai vehicle: to be a class leader. That’s the reason Hyundai vehicles are packed with class-leading safety technology as standard. It’s why you’ll find no less than 9 airbags in the i40 wagon, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard across the range. It’s also why Hyundai vehicles are packed with technology that actively improves car safety - including reversing cameras and sensors on many elite models. Like a lot of smart technology, it tends to generate a lot of acronyms. So here’s a guide to what they mean.
(Electronic Stability Control)
It’s hard to over-state just what a difference to safety ESC can make. Some say it’s the most important advance in safety since ABS brakes, the airbag or even safety belts. We agree. Which is why, in 2007, we became the first mainstream manufacturer to introduce Electronic Stability Control as standard on all New Zealand-new vehicles.
ESC works by electronically controlling engine torque and each of the four brakes when it senses that a vehicle is losing traction and veering off course. Independent research shows that cars equipped with it are a third less likely to be involved in a collision.
(Electronic Brake Force Distribution + Brake Assist System)
EBD ensures the best allocation of braking power among the front and rear wheels - depending on how weight is distributed, even as it changes under braking. For example, if there is luggage and rear passengers onboard, EBD distributes more of the braking force to the rear wheels, making it safer and more predictable. In emergency braking, BAS (Brake Assist System) instantly increases the car’s braking power to enable it to stop faster.
To make reversing easier and bump free, Hyundai New Zealand introduced reversing cameras as standard on every new vehicle it sells from 1st July, 2014.
The reversing camera gives you eyes in the back of your bumper with a live video feed to show you exactly where (and what) you’re backing into. It makes parking much easier as well as improving convenience and safety. So forget ‘touch’ parking and scraping curbs.