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Hyundai Unleashes Self-Driving Ioniq at L.A. Auto Show




Hyundai is on a roll. A blue Hyundai Ioniq hatchback recently set a hybrid land speed record by reaching 157 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Last month’s sales were way up for its Santa Fe Sport and Tuson models.

And now the Korean car company is setting it sights on a self-driving Hyundai that wants to cruise the crowded Las Vegas Strip in the New Year. But before that challenge, Hyundai is unleashing a self-driving Ioniq at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Hyundai’s autonomous concept features Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR,) radar, lane assist cameras, GPS and blind spot sensors, and a bunch of tech gizmos to help keep it safely on the road.

Hyundai says its LiDAR system is hidden in the concept’s front bumper, instead of the more obvious systems located on the roof, such as the ones currently used by other manufacturers like the ones seen on self-driving Ford Fusions for example. Hyundai refers to those types of self-driving rigs as looking like a “high school science project.”

Hyundai Self Driving Ioniq Concept details

Hyundai Self Driving Ioniq Concept details

The latest Ioniq concept resembles a wannabe Toyota Prius or Mirai, but Hyundai says its four-door concept uses LiDAR to detect the position of surrounding vehicles and objects. The test vehicle also has a forward facing radar system that detects the location and speed of objects in front of the car. In addition to that, there’s a three-way camera system that reacts to people, lane lines, and traffic signals.

A GPS antenna and Hi-Def mapping also helps determine the car’s precise location and there’s blind spot detection radar to help keep lane changes as safe as possible.

This is all combined with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, smart cruise control, lane-departure warning, and rear-cross traffic assist. The complicated system seems like ones similarly equipped in Teslas and Mercedes-Benzs currently on the market — minus the luxury and prestige.

Also, judging from diagrams provided by the company, its system fails to take in to account for lane splitting of two-wheelers as seen in the blind spots along side the vehicle’s mid-section (the white spaces) seen in the diagram shown here.

Regardless, Hyundai says the concept offers a seamless transition between active and self-driving modes. To back up the claim, Hyundai will debut two autonomous Ioniqs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January on the boulevards of Las Vegas. We can’t wait to see how the Ioniq concept deals with Vegas bachelor and bachelorette parties jaywalking outside of the casinos.

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November 18, 2016