Infrastructure-based autonomous driving being developed by Hyundai
Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled its next-generation autonomous vehicle concept.
The manufacturer claims this new vehicle will “accelerate the development of Level 4 autonomous vehicles”.
A step towards fully autonomy
Although the new IONIQ concept is still in the early stages of development. Hyundai believes it represents a significant step forward.
Level 4 of autonomous driving is when vehicles can be fully automated in some scenarios. However it will still require driver input for others.
It means the new IONIQ concept will incorporate a range of self-driving options, making use of the vehicle’s Smart Cruise Control forward-facing radar, blind-spot detection radars in the corners of the vehicle, and Lane Keeping Assist camera.
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, vice president for marketing & product at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “With the Level 4 Autonomous IONIQ research vehicle, we are already thinking one step ahead by looking at how the car industry, technology and infrastructure have to change in order to be fit for future mobility.”
Research now continues into self-driving systems by Hyundai. The manufacturer believes this shift in driving behaviour will mean the motoring industry itself will need to adapt in the years to come.
Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Autonomous driving looks set to be the future of personal transport, and the advances being made by Hyundai and other manufacturers means the day when cars will be able to fully drive themselves could be sooner than we all might imagine.”
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