Hyundai has unveiled the IONIQ Concept at the ongoing LA Auto Show. The Hyundai IONIQ Concept is an autonomous vehicle with an objective of keeping self-driving systems as simple as possible.
With a sleek design resembling the rest of the IONIQ lineup, the latest IONIQ is one of the few self-driving cars in development to have a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of on the roof, enabling it to look like any other car on the road and not a high school science project.
To keep autonomous driving simple, the self-driving systems utilize 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.
The IONIQ concept’s hidden LiDAR system also allows the Autonomous vehicle to detect the absolute position of surrounding vehicles and objects. the Autonomous IONIQ includes: Forward Facing Radar, three cameras, a GPS antenna, High definition mapping data from Hyundai MnSoft and a Blind Spot Detection radar.
Ths features above 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 that drivers can have a seamless transition between active and self-driving modes.
Earlier this year, Hyundai earned a license to test its autonomous cars in urban environments. Furthermore, Hyundai is currently testing three autonomous IONIQs and two Autonomous Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles at the brand’s Research and Development Center in Namyang, South Korea.
To showcase its autonomous vehicles in action, Hyundai will debut two autonomous IONIQs at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January 2017 where the cars will be found driving up and down the neon-and sunlit boulevards of Las Vegas. The testing in Las Vegas will build upon the Hyundai’s current efforts to bring the most adept and safest self-driving car to market. The autonomous IONIQs will be prepared to tackle high levels of pedestrian traffic, stop lights, road construction and roadblocks, speed bumps, animals on the street, children at play, shopping centers and itersections without traffic signals.