Hyundai's blind spot monitor and the Porsche Taycan's 800-volt charging architecture have won innovation awards from AJAC, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
Hyundai was recognized with the Best Safety Innovation Award for its Blind Spot View Monitor system that uses 360-degree camera technology to project a wide-angle view of adjacent lanes into the vehicle's gauge cluster.
When the signal indicator is moved, the centre of the gauge display shows either the left or right lanes so that the driver can execute a safe lane change. With a clearer and wider-angle view than outside mirrors can provide, this feature improves safety in traffic.
Porsche is known for building quick vehicles, but the new Taycan is quick even when parked. The vehicle's 800-volt battery can accept 100 kilometres of charge in just five minutes. Capable of fast charging rates of up to 350 kilowatts through liquid-cooled charging cables, the Taycan is the fastest-charging vehicle on the market and makes electric vehicle travel more convenient than ever.
It received the Best Green Innovation Award from AJAC.
"These innovations represent the most significant advancements made by the automotive industry for the 2020 model year in the opinion of our esteemed panel of judges," said Jim Kerr, chair of the AJAC Innovation Awards. "We are delighted to be able to identify these technologies for Canadian consumers as features to consider when they shop for their next vehicles."
Nominations for the awards were made by AJAC members, and finalists were selected in each of the three categories. Each automaker selected as a finalist presented its technology to a panel of seven judges, comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and respected journalists in Canada who regularly cover automotive technologies.
The trophies were presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 29, at the AJAC annual awards gala.