An interesting news has come from South Korea. In the first of its kind demonstration, Hyundai Motor Company has test-driven a driver-less car from Seoul to Pyeongchang – a distance of 190 kilometres and at a speed of 100 km/h.
What makes it a milestone achievement is the fact that a level 4 autonomous vehicle has been achieved with fuel cell electric cars. The car is autonomous and is eco-friendly.
A total of five cars completed the journey. All vehicles were equipped with level 4 self-driving technology. Three of those cars were based on Hyundai’s next-generation fuel cell electric SUV NEXO and the other was Genesis G80 autonomous vehicles.
Prior to taking the vehicles on the long journey, Hyundai conducted a significant number of highway test drives. The vehicles covered hundreds of thousands of kilometres travelled. Hyundai accumulated a vast amount of data from those test which helped it to enhance the performance of its self-driving vehicles.
“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,”
said Jinwoo Lee, head of the Intelligent Safety Technology Center at Hyundai Motor Group.
The cars and the sensors those were equipped with took Hyundai a step closer to launch a commercial autonomous vehicle.
The exterior and interior of self-driving vehicles used for this demonstration look similar to Hyundai’s other mass-produced models with the addition of various cameras and LIDARS.
Autonomous vehicle requires a lot of power as they process lot of data. The fuel cell electric model is able to produce electricity. The NEXO fuel cell electric SUV can drive more than 600 km on a single charge.
enables the user to access and control IoT devices installed in their smart home.
allows users to ask questions to a Chat Bot with simple voice commands and receive answers in the form of text or images.
monitor health information of passengers seated in the rear of the vehicle, such as their stress level, heart rate, and mood state.
A cabin noise reduction technology.
Provides rear door mood lighting when the music player or Wellness Care is active.