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.
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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