It will be unique in North America for being dedicated to the rapid response to field issues, Hyundai said. Among its capabilities will be a field crash investigation lab, high-voltage battery lab, forensics lab, 400-meter track and vehicle dynamics area skid pad.
Automakers typically outsource such work to vendors, but the new facility will allow Hyundai to conduct such investigations and analysis internally, the company said.
The center will assist in new technology development, while identifying and replicating vehicle field issues, expediting investigations and conducting regulatory safety testing.
“Having such a capable and expansive safety and investigations laboratory in-house, will allow Hyundai to take a more proactive approach in determining safety issues and trends early-on,” said Brian Latouf, Hyundai Motor’s global chief safety officer.