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Hyundai swaps steering wheel for joysticks in Prophecy EV concept

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Hyundai has revealed the Prophecy concept sports EV
Hyundai has revealed the Prophecy concept sports EV
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The Prophecy concept features pixelated lighting
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The Prophecy concept features pixelated lighting
Aero-inspired design translates to flowing curves
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Aero-inspired design translates to flowing curves
Hyundai has revealed the Prophecy concept sports EV
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Hyundai has revealed the Prophecy concept sports EV
The propeller-like wheels are designed to draw air in and over the body
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The propeller-like wheels are designed to draw air in and over the body
The sporty electric number boasts sweeping curves, a long wheelbase and short overhang, and propeller-like aero wheels
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The sporty electric number boasts sweeping curves, a long wheelbase and short overhang, and propeller-like aero wheels
A wide air intake below the bumper will help keep the batteries cool
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A wide air intake below the bumper will help keep the batteries cool
Functional components can be seen through transparent acrylic
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Functional components can be seen through transparent acrylic
The Prophecy hints at Hyundai's vision for its e-mobility future
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The Prophecy hints at Hyundai's vision for its e-mobility future
The rear spoiler brings extra stability when zipping along at speed
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The rear spoiler brings extra stability when zipping along at speed
The interior lighting and color scheme encourage a stress-free travel experience
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The interior lighting and color scheme encourage a stress-free travel experience
The Prophecy features a pillar-to-pillar digital display up front
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The Prophecy features a pillar-to-pillar digital display up front
Though autonomous-ready, Prophecy drivers can manually drive the sports electric using joysticks
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Though autonomous-ready, Prophecy drivers can manually drive the sports electric using joysticks
Pixelated lighting could see animations flow around the car
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Pixelated lighting could see animations flow around the car
Aero-inspired design makes for smooth curves and flowing lines
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Aero-inspired design makes for smooth curves and flowing lines
The illuminated badge leaves no doubt which company is responsible for the Prophecy
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The illuminated badge leaves no doubt which company is responsible for the Prophecy
Pixelated lighting for the headlights, taillights and spoiler could mean animations galore
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Pixelated lighting for the headlights, taillights and spoiler could mean animations galore
Design sketches of the Prophecy sorts electric
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Design sketches of the Prophecy sorts electric
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It's motor show week... or it would be if the Geneva Motor Show hadn't been canceled due coronavirus concerns. Still, auto concepts are still being showcased, if only online. And the latest is from the Hyundai Motor Company, which has revealed a sporty electric runner where the steering wheel is replaced by joysticks.

The Prophecy concept looks a lot like something straight out of the design books at Porsche. The new "Sensuous Sportiness" concept is autonomous-ready, and offers a "completely new yet reassuringly familiar and intuitive driving experience" in the shape of two joysticks.

One of these is mounted to the door and the other to the raised center console, and they can both pivot left and right to control the direction of the vehicle in manual driving mode. Vehicle functions can be accessed via integrated buttons.

Though autonomous-ready, Prophecy drivers can manually drive the sports electric using joysticks
Though autonomous-ready, Prophecy drivers can manually drive the sports electric using joysticks

The lack of steering wheel means that there are no visual obstructions to the pillar-to-pillar digital display or the windshield, but joystick control may take some getting used to.

The center console flows into the back of the four-seat stretched cabin, and the interior features low intensity lighting and a soothing color scheme to encourage stress-free travels. Filtered air from intakes situated at the bottom of the reversed-hinge side doors circulates around the cabin, before being scrubbed again on its way out.

Outside, the sporty electric number boasts sweeping curves, a long wheelbase and short overhang, propeller-like aero wheels that draw air in and direct it down the side of the car, and a rear spoiler for extra stability when zipping along at speed.

The headlight, taillight and spoiler all feature pixelated lamps, first seen in last year's 45 EV, the number representing the years since the car it was based on – the Pony Coupe – was unveiled. Hyundai has confirmed that such animated lighting elements will be incorporated in future production models, and will hopefully be subtle pulses rather than the distracting dancing lights shown on the spoiler below.

Pixelated lighting for the headlights, taillights and spoiler could mean animations galore
Pixelated lighting for the headlights, taillights and spoiler could mean animations galore

As this is a design concept, no motor, battery or performance specs have been shared, though components can be seen through transparent acrylic, a design element that extends to the headlamps, camera monitoring system and spoiler. A wide air intake below the bumper will help keep the batteries cool.

"We have brought to life yet another icon that establishes a new standard for the EV segment as well as pushing Hyundai’s design vision to even broader horizons," said SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. "A part of that expansion is what we call Optimistic Futurism, a design concept embodied by ‘Prophecy.’ With Optimistic Futurism, our aim is to forge an emotional connection between humans and automobiles."

Hyundai is aiming to have 44 electrified vehicles in its line up by 2025, and it expects to be selling more that 670,000 battery and fuel cell EVs every year thereafter. No production plans have been announced for the Prophecy, the concept is a hint at the kind of vision the company has for its e-mobility future but hopefully some of the design will make it through to a road-ready electric vehicle.

Source: Hyundai Motor

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12 comments
ChairmanLMAO
WOW such nice!! Where do the doges ride? Too bad most concept beauties like this never make it to the production line. And with such a catchy tune you can be sure if this does get to production, it'll be like limited to 500 or some rude price hijacking scam. Like, you would think, with all these supercars out there now, they would become affordable, but no!!
RFM
And so the first thing to go in the event of an accident on the drivers side is steering. Not the best idea.
Expanded Viewpoint
DAMN that is one super sexy looking car!! So smoooooth and soothing in its lines, yet also appears to be extremely exciting too! Like a thoroughbred race horse, standing at the gate, ready to jump at the sound of the bell! I'm not too keen on the steering system though, I need to feel that direct connection to the road wheels. Joysticks are something that I have never seen outside of an airplane or a video game before. No details on how they work? Why are there two of them?
Username
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous....wait, plaid seats????
genegough
There are two so you can drink your coffee.😱
Kpar
For an earlier experiment with a joystick-controlled car, check out the Firebird III concept car from General Motors. From 1958

It's on display in the GM Heritage Center near Detroit (sorry, invitation only) along with the Firebird I and the Firebird II.
JeffK
If the joysticks are both fully functional to control the vehicle, which only makes sense, then the front seat passenger could take control in an emergency or just to spell the driver rather like the copilot of an aircraft. They would also require a lockout for the console mounted joystick in the event the passenger was not equipped to control the vehicle by reason of age, infirmity, etc.
Bob Stuart
Do the joysticks move sideways? If so, they will be very hard to use on bumpy roads with your arm moving around. With the steering wheel, a spinner can move 2 or 3 m lock to lock. What kind of precision can we expect with this short travel?
ajl12no
Lovely styling...reminds me of Le Fil Rouge concept, not as pretty but probably more efficient. Hyundai need to actually get some of these to market and raise their profile in the west. Joysticks are a no but electricity (EV) is a major yes and that's from an old petrol head!
richardmhain
On joystick for driving and steering, electric wheelchairs have the best implementation. Looks to me, what we have here's more like "joyrings"?
At any rate, Bon Voyage!