We're still recovering from the jetlag incurred on a trip to South Korea last week, where a cordial group at Hyundai showed us, among other things, the nearly completed 2015 Hyundai Genesis. There is still a bit of time stretching between now and when we're allowed to bring you our First Drive of the second-generation Genesis prototype, but we have been cleared to break off news of two heretofore unheard of features that will debut on the premium sedan.

The first, and arguably most interesting of the two, is a carbon dioxide sensor inside the cabin of the Genesis. The goal of the sensor is to measure CO2 outputted by the cars' human occupants (not the CO2 coming out of the tailpipe, which shouldn't make it into the cabin), as Hyundai tells us that high levels of the stuff help to increase occurrences of drowsiness while driving.

Conceived of by a Hyundai engineer who struggled with staying alert during his long commute home from Namyang, the system detects when in-cabin CO2 levels rise above 2,500 parts per million, then vents the compartment via the HVAC system when that threshold is reached. The CO2 venting system may be turned off, should a driver not want the cabin filled with fresh air – we're guessing this might be a good thing on really cold days.

Hyundai will also be offering a hands-free Smart Trunk in the 2015 Genesis. Unlike similar systems that require some kind of motion from the key-holder to be activated ­– Ford's foot-activated, hands-free liftgate was referenced by Hyundai ­– the Genesis will require that the user only have the key fob in their pocket, and stand next to the truck for three seconds. In a demonstration we saw the system work perfectly; our tester approached the trunk with key in pocket, the Genesis beeped three times to indicate he had been recognized and then popped open. Surely grocery store runs will never be so languorous ever again.

As we said, you can expect our full review of the box-fresh, second-generation Hyundai Genesis just as soon as the embargo lifts.


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      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish all cars came with a CO alarm.
      Martin Lechner
      • 5 Months Ago
      A CO2 sensor seems like an awesome addition. Always go safety first!
      c_lapap
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow....ground breaking tech put In a "luxury" model. If you spend that type of money on a Korean car with a crooked H as their logo you have something wrong.
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      So in other words it will get things other cars have had for years. M
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      too bad Hyundai didn't ripoff the A7 hatchback utility when they were copying the Audi A7
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mary.keana
        It is too bad Honda and Acura can't make anything nearly as good looking. All they have is the RLX which looks like an oversized Accord, no wonder why its sales are so poor. I see that you are back to mary.keana instead of Mary.keana. I guess they banned that one too....
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
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        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mary.keana
        I know it's amazing that it took so long for Audi to invent the fastback design that totally never showed up on any car ever before the A7!!!
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its not working...I'm getting sleepy just looking at it.
      xspeedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about a methane detector that rolls down all windows?
        TIMMAH!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xspeedy
        Yes, but then how would you assign blame... "The one who smelt it..."
      TIMMAH!
      • 1 Year Ago
      As opposed to cracking the window when you feel drowsy? More nanny-car tech that I don't need, thank you!
      Tina Dang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty neat technology, especially the trunk technology. I'm surprised Mercedes hasn't thought of this yet. Way to go Hyundai!
        DKano
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tina Dang
        That IS pretty cool! The Ford method is close, but you still have to do a balancing act in just one foot to get it to open.
      Just Stuff
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cops will love this feature... Step to the back of the car sir, oh wait a minute, what's that in your trunk???
      PICKLEBOY
      • 1 Year Ago
      So what if you're hanging out with your friends behind your car? The car is going to keep trying to open the trunk? Personally I don't like automatic trunks/hatches but this seems unnecessary as money features are becoming now
        VDuB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PICKLEBOY
        Its called technology. In 1990.. they said laptops were pointless
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VDuB
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        JDubbs115
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PICKLEBOY
        ...Or you could just not stand there.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm...so every time I pause to put my kids in the back seat, or throw my briefcase back there, I then have to circle around to close the trunk? Presumably the trunk feature can also be deactivated; I suspect that's what most owners will end up doing.
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cpmanx
        Yea the Ford foot swipe is the clear winner here.
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cpmanx
        It opens if you stand behind the trunk for 3 seconds. Nothing to do with the back seats or walking around the car. And with the smart key they can narrow the range down to inches so it doesn't open if you are just standing a foot or two behind your car.
        VDuB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cpmanx
        Placing kids in the back seat isn't standing next to the trunk. I assume it will open within inches of the trunk... not feet
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