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Free from Pollution
in the Era of Shared Cars

Seat Anti-soiling Technology to Attract More Attention
in the Era of Shared Cars

Shared cars play an important role in the future automobile trend. In connection with this, the technology to prevent contamination of leather and fabric used for seat covering will become more important in the future. This is because the seat gets dirty easily due to the nature of the shared car, which is constantly used by many people. Particularly, the interest in the prevention of contamination is increasing as car seats with bright colors such as beige and brown giving a luxurious feeling are loved by many people recently.

Use of Eco-friendly
Anti-contamination Materials

In simple terms, Seat Anti-Soiling Technology is a technology that prevents seat contamination. In 2017, HYUNDAI TRANSYS developed this technology and partially applied it to the Genesis G90 front seat skirt (lower part of the rear seat). This technology, which was partially applied due to the limitations of the technology at the time, has now been improved so that it can be extended to the entire seat.

Recently, various new materials such as Aquatex and Sahara that complement water repellency, anti-soiling and wear resistance are being developed even in furniture such as sofas. However, since the materials used in automobiles are directly related to safety, they must pass strict and difficult conditions that are different from those of furniture such as non-combustibility tests. Therefore, it is still difficult to apply new materials used for furniture directly to automobiles.

Accordingly, HYUNDAI TRANSYS has developed an eco-friendly anti-soiling material for automobiles on its own, and it will be available in vehicles in the near future as this material is recently in the stage of completing the material unit physical property verification and improving the final product.

Use of Eco-friendly Anti-contamination Materials,
the Core of Excellent Seat Anti-soiling Technology


Excellent anti-soiling performance

The seat leather and fabric with HYUNDAI TRANSYS' seat anti-soiling technology do not get stained or permeated even after spilling coffee, cola, or ketchup. Using silicone coating, it has low surface tension, hydrophobicity that repels water, and non-polarity, so that it is durable against contamination. Contaminants with sugar such as coffee or cola are not absorbed due to their basic water repellency and flow down as water droplets. Oily contaminants such as ketchup are also removed without a trace. In automobiles, there is a requirement that the material of the seat fabric must have water repellency level of 6.0 or higher and basic pollution source level of 4.0 or higher. But this new technology raises the required standards to level 7.0 for water repellency and level 5.0 for basic pollution source, which is much higher than the required standard.

Eco-friendly anti-soiling fabric

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Eco-friendly anti-soiling leather (silicone artificial leather)

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Endless Development Potential of
Eco-friendly Materials

We are making continuous efforts to convert all plastics, fabrics, and leather used in automobiles, such as materials derived from nature and materials with reduced chemical substances, into eco-friendly materials.

The silicone coating used in HYUNDAI TRANSYS seat antifouling technology is a chemically safe and eco-friendly material. But furthermore, we are researching a technology that can physically prevent contamination without even using this silicone.

It is a method of changing the physical surface structure of the material, which is conceived by the water strider's leg fluff or the lotus flower fluff. In addition, HYUNDAI TRANSYS will strive to make clean and safe seats with eco-friendly materials such as upcycled newspapers and leather materials, and materials derived from nature such as stone and wood.