2019 : Highway Driving Assist coming to U.S., Hyundai where are you ?
A number of manufacturers claim to offer highly automated vehicles in the early 2020s. But Hyundai is the slowest to respond in this area, according to a report from WardsAuto citing the company’s top autonomous vehicle executive. Despite the trend which is toward battery-powered vehicles, Hyundai’s self-driving cars won’t be fully electric, at least at the time of launch.
According to Woongjung Jang, autonomous vehicles will only be suitable for operating on limited routes at first, and that they won’t be available for mass market consumers until 2025. According to a report the company will wait until 2030 to offer autonomous vehicles that can handle urban driving, this is same as its sister Kia’s autonomous plans.
Cost will remain an obstacle in rolling these autonomous vehicles, but Hyundai also came across one another problem, thanks to their advanced data processing systems, these vehicles can drain batteries pretty quickly.
“We are developing the fully autonomous technology, the driverless car – (SAE) Level 4 and Level 5, but as of now the power consumption is really huge, it can go up to 1 kW or 2 kW, so it could dramatically decrease the driving range of EVs,” Jang said, reports WardsAuto. Jang notes that these problem is solvable, but they’re not aiming it in the near future. So for now, the automaker will be focussing on hybrids, plug-ins, and fuel cell propulsion for autonomous cars.
Until truly self-driving cars begins to be seen on the road, the automaker will remain catching up on semi-autonomous technology, which includes a plan to bring Highway Driving Assist to the U.S. market in 2019 after introducing it in Korea back in 2015. Hyundai claims it has been more difficult to bring the feature to the U.S. given the large size of the country and the need to ensure the accuracy of its mapping information across all highways.
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