Hyundai Motor Company has just announced that a fleet of its next generation fuel cell electric cars has succeeded in completing a self-driven 190 kilometers journey from Seoul to Pyeongchang, the first time in the world that level 4 autonomous driving has been achieved with this the ultimate in eco-friendly vehicles.
Five Hyundai vehicles completed the 190km journey between the two cities at 100 km/h-110 km/h, the maximum speed allowed by law on Korean highways. Three vehicles are based on Hyundai’s next-generation fuel cell electric SUV NEXO, scheduled to be released in Korea next month, and the other two are Genesis G80 autonomous vehicles. All vehicles are equipped with level 4 self-driving technology, as defined by the SAE international standards, and 5G network technology. T
The demonstration started in Seoul on February 2 with the ‘CRUISE’ and ‘SET’ buttons being pressed on the autonomous-driving steering wheel of each vehicle, switching to self-driving mode with the vehicles moving in response to the natural flow of traffic.
Building on the successful demonstration of Hyundai’s vehicles which drove autonomously in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) early last year, the cars featured a number of advanced technologies that enabled them to recognize surrounding vehicles, navigate through toll gates by accurately calculating the toll gate’s width and position, and precisely pinpoint the vehicle’s position on a map by using external sensors fitted for situations when the GPS signal was interrupted.
Before the challenge, Hyundai conducted a significant number of highway test drives amounting to hundreds of thousands of kilometers traveled enabling them to accumulate a vast amount of data that helped enhance the performance of its self-driving vehicles.
Jinwoo Lee, head of the Intelligent Safety Technology Center at Hyundai Motor Group said of the challenge that:
“Hyundai’s philosophy for developing autonomous driving technology is to provide the highest level of safety combined with a high standard of convenience that our customers expect.”
The exterior and interior of self-driving vehicles used for this demonstration look similar to Hyundai’s other mass-produced models, but they are equipped with various cameras and LIDARs. Adding a small number of sensors to mass-produced vehicles has enabled the realization of fully autonomous driving technology, and thus brings the company a step closer to the commercialization of self-driving technology.