South Korea’s biggest automotive company Hyundai has announced that it plans to commercialize autonomous driving from 2020. The company will push the boundaries of autonomous driving in phases from the last year of this decade, says the report. Among the recent plans of the company, is becoming the first South Korean automaker to offer the Highway Driving Assist (HDA) system in its vehicles, beginning from H2 2015, adds the report.
Like Toyota’s Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system, Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist system is also designed to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead and keep the vehicle within the lane. It also gives warnings of maximum and minimum speeds on the highway. This driving assist system will not only keep highway driving organized and reduce traffic congestion, but also curb unnecessary acceleration and deceleration, thus improving the fuel economy and reducing the pollution. According to the report, this feature will be available on the new Equus full-size luxury sedan that is slated for a market launch in H2 2015.
The report also reveals that the company has unveiled another autonomous driving function called the Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) system which assists the driver in navigating through a traffic congestion situation by automatically maintaining distance from the car ahead, keeping the car within its lane and navigating through the traffic jam by detecting and analyzing the obstacles and surrounding information.
The company will invest KR₩2 trillion in smart car area by 2018 and hire researchers and workers to lead this development, suggests the report. Concluding with the company’s future plans, Hyundai aims to offer partially automated driving in 2015, highly automated driving in 2020 and fully automated driving in 2030.
News Source: Yonhap News
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