US: At the Automobility LA conference last week, automobile manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company introduced its Autonomous Ioniq concept, which according to Hyundai, is among a few self-driving car concept that have a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of on the roof. This enables the device to look like any other car on the road.
Hyundai said the vehicle 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. The goal in designing the autonomous Ioniq was to keep the self-driving systems as simple as possible. This was 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 less computing power. This should result in a low-cost platform, which can be installed in future Hyundai models that the average consumer can afford, Hyundai said.
The car’s hidden LiDAR system also allows the autonomous Ioniq to detect the absolute position of surrounding vehicles and objects. The features build upon the capabilities of the production Ioniq, which offers automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, smart cruise control, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic assist.
The Ioniq 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 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 in January 2017, where the cars will be found driving up and down the Las Vegas strip. The testing in Las Vegas will build upon Hyundai’s efforts to bring the most adept and safest self-driving car to market.
As far as the autonomous Ioniq features are concerned, it has a forward-facing radar that detects the relative location and speed of objects in the vehicle’s forward path to aid in route planning; a three-camera array that detects pedestrian proximity, lane markings and traffic signals; a GPS antenna to determine the precise location of each vehicle; a high-definition mapping data from Hyundai MnSoft which delivers location accuracy, road grade and curvature, lane width and indication data and a blind-spot detection radar to ensure even simple lane changes are executed safely.