Hyundai Motor has begun the first tests of a fully-autonomous Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) on public roads in the US having been granted a license by the US state of Nevada.
Recent reports point out Hyundai is determined to implement autonomous technologies into its cars as soon as possible and, therefore, plans to produce its own computer chips and sensors used in self-driving driving cars. The automaker also announced earlier this year that plans to invest in the research & development programs related to autonomous technologies amount to approximately 10 billion dollars over the next five years. It seems Hyundai is committed to its goals, as the company has begun the first tests of a fully-autonomous Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) on public roads in the US. The state of Nevada has granted Hyundai permission to test autonomous driving technologies for two Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cell, which will be involved in detailed tests program on the road. The South Korean carmaker plans to evaluate partially and fully autonomous driving technologies, monitoring the car’s performance in real-world conditions, an important part of its roadmap for self-driving cars.
The Tucson Fuel Cell is fitted with four important autonomous driving features: interval autonomous driving – fully-autonomous driving within fully controlled, designated roads; traffic jam assist – tracks the vehicle in front under moderate/high traffic conditions (0-60kph); emergency stop system – directs the car to the side of the road in case of emergency; narrow path assist – provides guidance or fully-autonomous drive through narrow roads. These technologies work by combining a host of advanced cameras, radars and sensors, including: Around View Monitor Camera; GPS; Blind Spot Detection Radar; Smart Cruise Control Radar; Ultrasonic Sensor; LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). Since November 2014, Hyundai Motor has carried out more than 10,000 miles of testing using two Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cells in Korea consisting of city driving, highways and testing on private proving grounds.