Three fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) have successfully undertaken an autonomous 118-mile road trip in Korea, travelling at speeds of up to 110km/h.
Three Hyundai NEXO cars travelled from Seoul to Pyeongchang equipped with level 4 self-driving and 5G network technology.
When put into autonomous mode the vehicles moved in response to the flow of highway traffic, executed lane changes, overtaking manoeuvres and navigated toll gates using Hi-pass, South-Korea’s wireless expressway payment system.
The cars are said to feature technologies that enable them to recognise surrounding vehicles more accurately, make better judgements at junctions, and navigate through toll gates by calculating the gate’s width and position.
The vehicles are also able to pinpoint their position on a map by using external sensors fitted for situations when the GPS signal was interrupted, such as going through tunnels.
Utilising the 5G network of KT Corp, a Korean mobile service provider, the test vehicles deliver five information technologies including Home Connect, which lets passengers interact with IoT devices in their home, and access real-time traffic information notifications in languages including Korean, English and Chinese.
Hyundai said it is preparing for the commercialisation of the SAE standard Level 4 compliant autonomous-driving system in smart cities by 2021.
The company is also developing self-driving technology with Aurora Innovation, a US-based autonomous driving start-up. Hyundai plans to commercialise the technology for fully autonomous driving by 2030.