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Self-driving Hyundais Successfully Complete Korean Trip

Hyundai has made some serious headway on the push to autonomous vehicles with the recent completion of a 190 kilometer (118 miles) trip by a fleet of self-driving fuel cell vehicles in Korea. The event marks the very first time that such a trip has been completed by fuel cell electric cars, the ultimate in low-emission, environmentally friendly 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,” according to Hyundai Executive Jinwoo Lee. Although the autonomous vehicles still require more testing, you can receive a demonstration of all the sensor and camera-based safety technologies available on the current fleet when you visit Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

First Trip at High Speed

The vehicles averaged about 68 mph on the trip from Seoul to Pyeongchang, the first time autonomous vehicles have been driven at such a high speed for that long a distance. Of the five vehicles, three were the soon-to-be-released in Asia NEXO SUV, while the other two were the Genesis G80 luxury cars. All the cars demonstrated Hyundai’s vision for the future, which includes connected mobility, freedom in mobility and clean mobility. The human interaction on the drive consisted of hitting the “Cruise” and “Set” buttons and entering the navigation information. At that point the vehicles took off and easily merged with the flow of traffic. The cars managed lane changes, overtook slower vehicles and effortlessly went through the automated toll gates on the South Korean highway.

Building Off Las Vegas Demonstration

The vehicles utilized a number of features demonstrated in the 2017 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show that enabled them to acknowledge surrounding vehicles and make informed judgments when it came to intersections and other decision points. Hyundai even allowed for the possibility of a GPS signal being interrupted, outfitting sensors to pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location in places such as a tunnel. The trip came after hundreds of thousands of miles of testing to provide valuable data which was then incorporated into the test vehicles.

Will Provide Enhanced Connectivity for Passengers

Just having a car drive you around is nice, but you have to stay connected to the outside world. That’s why Hyundai is working on advanced connectivity features utilized through a new infotainment system. With “Home Connect,” you can view what’s going on in your house as well as control connected devices. “Assistant Chat” lets you ask questions using advanced voice recognition software, while “Wellness Care” can monitor the health of the passengers in your vehicle. The new technology also includes a karaoke function to turn your new car into a rolling nightclub. Look for these vehicles to come to Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale as early as 2021. Until then, you’ll just have to sing along to the radio.

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