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Hyundai Teams Up to Provide Self-driving Cars in 3 Years

For those of you who have put self-driving cars in the same “gee that’s nice but it will never happen” category as the flying cars you’ve been promised for years, it’s time to sit up and take notice. Hyundai recently went into partnership with Aurora, one of the leaders in self-driving technology, and promise to have a vehicle in production by 2021. That’s only three years away, or about the time that new lease you just entered into will expire. “We know the future of transportation is autonomous, and autonomous driving technology needs to be proven in the real-world to accelerate development in a safe and scalable manner,” according to Hyundai Vice Chairman Dr. Woong Chul Yang. “Combining our advanced vehicle technology that embeds the latest safety features with Aurora’s leading suit of Level 4 autonomous technology will advance this revolution in mobility in a leadership position.” Stay in touch with Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale for the latest news on the autonomous revolution.

Level 4 Still Requires Some Oversight

To get technical, Hyundai and Aurora are promising a vehicle that has Level 4 automation, where the vehicle can operate by itself in some conditions without human oversight, but still needs a person behind the wheel in other instances. Aurora has spent the last 20 years perfecting the software and hardware required to produce a vehicle that can operate on busy roads without human supervision. The Level 4 testing in real world situations is the next step on the road to totally autonomous driving. “Aurora is excited to partner with Hyundai Motor to make the social benefits of self-driving available globally,” said Aurora CEO Dr. Chris Urmson. “This partnership combines Hyundai’s strengths in vehicle design, safety and manufacturing with Aurora’s expertise in self-driving technology to make a positive difference in the world.”

Fuel-cell Vehicle First in the Hopper

The first vehicle to test the autonomous driving hardware and software is the latest generation of Hyundai’s fuel-cell vehicle, which is currently on display at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show. Autonomous driving requires a tremendous amount of power to support the communication and hardware necessary to make the vehicle respond quickly. Hydrogen fuel-cells provide the power without concerning drivers about driving range.

Sharing a Vision

Both Aurora and Hyundai share a vision of a world where driving is safer and more efficient. The two teams of engineers and support staff bring the needed experience and skills needed to take the vision and implement it into a vehicle the general public can not only afford, but want to drive. Both companies share a common goal of implementing autonomous vehicles across the globe in a quick and safe manner. Remember to keep an eye on the technology coming out of Hyundai as they continue to test the boundaries of the traditional auto industry. The best place to do that is by taking an occasional test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

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