Hyundai Donates Miniature to Recover Cildren in Treatment

Mini 45 EV is based on the Hyundai 45 Concept and adopts mood monitoring to minimize stress for children in a Spanish hospital.

One of the moments of greatest stress for children undergoing treatment is, precisely, the path between the hospital bed and the meeting with the doctor. In order to minimize these symptoms and, consequently, provide more comfort for the little ones and their parents, Hyundai donated the Mini 45 EV to that of the SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital, in Spain. Created two months ago, the miniature – which anticipates the design of the 45 Concept and Ioniq5 models – is equipped with Emotion Adaptive Vehicle Control (EAVC) technology that monitors the driver’s mood in real time, providing fun and safe mobility. The goal is to improve health outcomes.

Through artificial intelligence, EAVC technology optimizes the vehicle’s environment based on information from inside and outside the vehicle. Among the main technologies are the facial emotion recognition system. Through a camera in front of the seat, the stroller is able to identify the child’s emotions. Based on that, the improvement of the condition is worked on.

The miniature seat belt works like a breathing exercise belt. When enveloping the child’s body, its air pockets apply light pressure that allows for more stable breathing. This helps in relieving anxiety. Equipment also helps to measure heart rate, respiratory rate, and small patient’s emotions.

The design of the Mini EV equipped with EAVC, in principle, is the responsibility of the team that supervised the Hyundai 45 Concept.

Technology will become reality for ordinary drivers
According to the Hyundai Motor Group, the idea is to expand the use of this technology in mobility devices in the future to increase driver safety and well-being. Dates and models, however, were not specified by the South Korean brand.

Still on the technology, EAVC combines driver monitoring (reading) with vehicle information. This includes speed, acceleration, noise and vibration. From there, data are processed that have the function of optimizing the vehicle’s environment, controlling the lighting, climate, music and even fragrance systems.

“We want our technology to help improve the lives of our customers in a variety of mobility spaces in addition to the roads,” said Jinmo Lee, senior research engineer at Hyundai Motor who led the project.

Below, you can watch the video that portrays a day of treatment of a patient in the Spanish hospital. In the content (of 6 minutes, in Spanish, with English subtitles) it is possible to notice the evolution of the child’s anxiety during the journey. Everything is displayed through color graphics, which also help the medical team work, informing them about the patients’ emotional state. The absence of personal interactions, by the way, is a good time of risk of contagion by Covid-19.