VIP delegation tours Virgin Hyperloop One at WEC

President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia tours the Virgin Hyperloop One passenger pod.
Updated 15 September 2019

VIP delegation tours Virgin Hyperloop One at WEC

A VIP delegation comprising Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, Saudi minister of energy; Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, deputy chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; and Thamir Abbas Ghadhban, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy affairs and oil minister; was briefed by Harj Dhaliwal, managing director of Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), Middle East and India, on the future of mobility, at the World Energy Congress (WEC) in Abu Dhabi.
At the event, VHO also showcased DP World Cargospeed, a global brand for hyperloop-enabled cargo systems operated by DP World capable of supporting fast, on-demand, direct delivery of palletized cargo. Designed to provide exceptional service for high-priority, on-demand goods, DP World Cargospeed systems will deliver freight at the speed of flight and closer to the cost of trucking.
At the WEC, VHO also hosted visiting dignitaries from around the world, including President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia; Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian union minister for petroleum and natural gas and steel; and a delegation of Nigerian government leaders. VHO’s Dhaliwal also spoke on a high-level panel on the future of mobility.

Hyundai unveils new technologies to maintain clean air in vehicles

Updated 09 August 2020

Hyundai unveils new technologies to maintain clean air in vehicles

Hyundai Motor Group has announced new technologies to improve the quality of air in vehicles and create a more pleasant indoor environment for customers.

Recognizing the growing concern about air quality, the group unveiled three new air-conditioning technologies — After-Blow, Multi-Air Mode, and Fine Dust Indicator. The technologies will be introduced initially on select models in Korea and expand to upcoming Hyundai vehicles worldwide in the future.


After-Blow dries the condensate on the evaporator and suppresses mold growth in the air-conditioning system, which can cause an odor during hot weather. After the engine is turned off and the condensate on the evaporator drains naturally for about 30 minutes, After-Blow activates for 10 minutes to dry the evaporator and any condensate leftover in the air passage. The air-conditioning system automatically allows influx of outside air during this time to prevent humidity from building up.

The technology uses an intelligent battery sensor (IBS) to monitor the battery and stops functioning when the battery is low, allaying any concerns about battery discharge.

Multi-Air Mode

Multi-Air Mode uses multiple vents for air conditioning and heating to create a more pleasant indoor environment with gentle wind. When this mode is activated, the air is dispersed to the newly added multi-air slots in the driver and passenger seats in addition to the normal air vents. The overall wind volume remains the same, but the dispersion of wind reduces direct air contact and softens the air. This mode can be switched on and off based on the preference of the driver.

Fine Dust Indicator

Fine Dust Indicator measures the air inside the vehicle in real time and delivers digitized information, allowing the driver to better manage the air quality. The indicator displays the concentration and pollution level of ultrafine particles (PM 2.5) inside the vehicle using integer numbers and colors for better visibility to the user. 

If the level of ultrafine particles exceeds 36 μg /m3 while the function is active, the air-cleaning mode will run to purify the air in the vehicle. The air-cleaning system automatically sets the air volume between 3 and 8 and switches to air-recirculation mode and activates the air conditioning system to reduce indoor humidity. If the air does not improve in air-cleaning mode, it can also serve as a reminder to the driver to replace air-conditioner filters or to clean contaminated seats and mats.