Hyundai Motor has recently announced the introduction of the Autonomous IONIQ concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show,one of the few self-driving cars in development to have a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of on the roof.

The goal of the autonomous IONIQ concept was to keep the self-driving systems as simple as possible, accomplished by using the production car’s Smart Cruise Control’s forward-facing radar and Lane Keeping Assist cameras, which are integrated with LiDAR technology. 

Hyundai is also developing its own autonomous vehicle operating system, with the goal of using a lot less computing power, which will result in a low-cost platform that can be installed in future Hyundai models the average consumer can afford.

The car’s hidden LiDAR system also allows the Autonomous IONIQ to detect the absolute position of surrounding vehicles and objects.

In addition, the Autonomous IONIQ features forward facing radar which detects the relative location and speed of objects in the vehicle’s forward path to aid in route planning; a three camera array which detects pedestrian proximity, lane markings and traffic signals; a GPS antenna to determine the precise location of each vehicle; high definition mapping data from Hyundai MnSoft which delivers location accuracy, road grade/curvature, lane width and indication data and a blind spot detection radar to ensure even simple lane changes are executed safely.

These features build upon the capabilities of the product IONIQ, which offers Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Assist.

The vehicle also incorporates all autonomous controls into existing systems to ensure drivers can have a seamless transition between active and self-driving modes.

Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor earned a license to test its autonomous cars in urban environments.

Hyundai Motor is currently testing three autonomous IONIQs and two Autonomous Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles at Hyundai Motor Research and Development Center in Namyang, South Korea.

To showcase its autonomous vehicles in action, Hyundai Motor will debut two autonomous IONIQs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January at Las Vegas.


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