Hyundai Ups the ADAS on Refreshed 2021 Santa Fe

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Source: Hyundai announcement

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Like most automakers, Hyundai made sure to upgrade the advanced driver-assist features (ADAS) offered on the refreshed 2021 Santa Fe mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV).

The revised Santa Fe range is packed with changes like the addition of a hybrid version, upgraded and expanded technology and connectivity options as well as styling refinements (complete details can be found by viewing the entire announcement by clicking HERE.)

The BRAKE Report will concentrate on the ADAS which the Korean firm (it builds the Santa Fe in its West Point, Ga. factory) calls SmartSense.

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A series of sensors and systems often restricted to luxury SUVs combines to potentially warn the driver and help act in the event of a potential collision. Meanwhile, other ADAS systems can help the driver perform certain tasks using the SUV’s multiple radar sensors, ultrasonic sensors and cameras.

SmartSense features include:

•           Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian, Cyclist and Junction-Turning Detection
•           Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
•           Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Following Assist
•           Highway Driving Assist
•           Blind Spot View Monitor
•           Safe Exit Assist and Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert
•           Driver Attention Warning
•           Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go
•           Parking Distance Warning (Forward and Reverse)
•           Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (Reverse)

Some additional details on certain of these systems:

Lane Following Assist

Lane Following Assist (LFA) may automatically adjust steering to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane of travel and can help keep the vehicle centered on both highways and city streets.

Highway Driving Assist

Highway Driving Assist (HDA) is a driving convenience system that assists drivers in maintaining the center of the lane, while keeping a safe distance to the car in front and can help maintain vehicle speeds according to posted speed limits on federal interstate highways.

Blind-Spot View Monitor

The Blind-Spot View Monitor with the Santa Fe’s outside mirror-mounted cameras offers the driver an enhanced field of vision, scanning for vehicles entering the driver’s blind spot. When a turn signal is activated, an image of the view from the corresponding wing mirror is displayed in the 12.3-inch cluster display.

Surround-View Monitor

The new Santa Fe uses cameras to provide the driver with an enhanced, bird’s-eye view of the car’s exterior, giving the driver confidence when maneuvering into or out of spaces.

Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert

Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert monitors the rear seats to detect the movements of children and pets, reminding drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle; if the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle, it will sound the horn and send an alert to the driver’s smartphone via Blue Link.

Safe Exit Assist

Santa Fe also features Hyundai’s standard Safe Exit Assist system that uses radar to help detect cars approaching from the rear and cautions passengers seeking to exit the vehicle. If a passenger attempts to open the door when a car is approaching from behind, a visual and acoustic warning on the center cluster may alert the driver and the door may be locked.

A more complete overview of the redesigned 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.