The project exists only in a handful of concepts for now, known simply as the Autonomous Ioniq, and visitors to the LA Auto Show can learn all about it.
Features include a forward-facing radar, a GPS antenna, and a three-way camera system to detect pedestrian proximity, lane markings and traffic signals.
The system also uses high-definition mapping data for optimum location accuracy, road grading and curvature, and lane width.
Existing blind-spot monitoring technology has been stepped-up to assist with self-driven lane-changes. Likewise, the current active cruise control and lane-keep assist systems are also retained.
Continuing with this theme, the Ioniq is already equipped with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
Hyundai says the Autonomous Ioniq is “one of the few self-driving cars in development” to house its LiDAR system hidden away in the front bumper, rather than perched on the roof.
Besides being (arguably) more appealing visually, this ensures the Ioniq’s aerodynamics are not disturbed by the add-ons necessary for autonomous operation. Or as Hyundai puts it, the Autonomous Ioniq does not look like “a high school science project”.
Hyundai says the ultimate goal for its autonomous vehicle program is to “keep it simple”, using less computing power to keep costs (and prices for consumers) down.
For the concept, the carmaker has incorporated controls for autonomous operation into the Ioniq’s existing layout for easy transition from ‘active’ to ‘self-driving’ modes.
Hyundai is already testing three autonomous Ioniqs in its home country of South Korea, along with two autonomous versions of the Tucson Fuel Cell.
And there’s more to come, with a pair of Autonomous Ioniqs set to star at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, where they will be seen “driving up and down the neon-and sunlit boulevards of Las Vegas”. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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