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Hyundai to develop Level 4 autonomous vehicles by 2021

Autonomous Hyundai models are to be tested in pilot smart cities across the globe from early next decade.

Hyundai Ioniq Autonomous Concept

Hyundai Ioniq Autonomous Concept

The carmaker is partnering with US self-driving technology start-up Aurora to develop Level 4 autonomous vehicles – which provide a high but not full level of autonomy – by 2021.

The partnership will incorporate Aurora’s self-driving technology into Hyundai vehicles starting with models custom-developed and launched in test programs and pilot cities.

The technology will debut on Hyundai’s latest new-generation fuel-cell vehicle, which will make its official global debut at CES 2018 next week.

Over the longer term, Hyundai and Aurora will work to commercialise self-driving vehicles worldwide.

The Volkswagen Group has also announced that it’s working with Aurora to bring self-driving cars to “our roads quickly, broadly and safely”. Over the past six months, the two firms have been collaborating to integrate Aurora’s self-driving system in Volkswagen Group’s vehicle platforms.

The partnership will focus on bringing self-driving electric vehicles to cities as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) fleets as well as covering rural areas.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.