SOUTH KOREA: Mando Corp an affiliate of Halla Group specializing in car components, announced that it had successfully tested level 4 autonomous driving. Accordingly, Mando has taken one-step forward in perfecting autonomous driving and developing the technology for commercial use.
Level 4 autonomous driving is full self-driving automation, according to the standard classification provided by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) of U.S., referring to a car that is designed to drive to its destination for itself without intervention of drivers.
Recently, Mando Chairman Chung Mong-Won, President Il-Hwan Tak and related researchers rode “Hockey” and successfully completed 2.7km of autonomous driving at a speed of 40km/hr in the public roads of Pangyo.
“Hockey,” a car for which Mando obtained an autonomous driving testing permit from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport in 2017, digested left turn, right turn and lane change as well as linear and curve driving without any difficulty while receiving signals from front and corner radars, front cameras and surround cameras, which were developed by Mando, and lidar.
The Pangyo demonstration section is considered extremely unfavorable for autonomous driving. The route has many illegally parked vehicles and large amount of reflected sunlight from high-rise glass buildings, different from the stable real operation environments in California or Arizona, where many autonomous driving car tests are conducted, as well as the closed driving environments such as test tracks.
“Hockey” also showed vehicle-object communication (V2X) technology, a technology essential for autonomous driving, while passing through crossroad by receiving and perceiving information such as crossroad signals in advance from telecom companies using vehicle-infra (V2I) communication technology, in particular, on this day.
Managing Director Gyu-Sik Park, Head of Mando Advanced-Development Center, said, “Mando has secured a perfect autonomous driving technology enabling safe driving even in congested downtown roads,” and added, “We are going to achieve an autonomous driving commercialization level by reinforcing the AI technology by 2021 and by cooperating with domestic and overseas partners.”
Director Chi-Gwon Choi, Head of Mando Advanced-Development Team, added, “Domesticautonomous driving technology is not behind those of the advanced countries. We can even be beyond the advanced countries if the related infra is expanded.”
This success in level 4 autonomous driving has been realized based on Mando’s technical philosophy prioritizing safety and reliability. Mando started mass production of ADAS products from 2010 and succeeded in level 2 autonomous driving commercialization, and is now spurring the development of level 3 autonomous driving commercialization by aiming at mass production in 2021. In addition, Mando is supplying core component hardware such as radars/cameras/ultrasonic sensors as well as software such as autonomous driving algorithms to car makers.
Autonomous driving requires the sensing organs (hardware) to perceive external situations as if human’s driving and the information processing ability (software) to judge and act based on this obtained information, and Mando is one of the few global enterprises that supply both.
Mando also has technology of brakes, steering, and suspension systems such as cutting-edge “R-EPS” (Rack Type Electric Power Steering System), “ESC” (electronic stability control), calipers, and shock absorbers essential for realization of perfect autonomous driving, in addition to the autonomous driving technology.