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Hyundai to work with U.S. firm on autonomous car technologies

All News 20:00 January 04, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Group will partner with a U.S. self-driving car startup to develop usable autonomous vehicle technologies within three years, the South Korean automotive conglomerate said Thursday.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held in Las Vegas next week, Hyundai will formalize its joint project with Aurora Innovation to commercialize advanced driverless car technologies that can be operated in a smart city by 2021, the company said in a statement.

"Through partnership with Aurora, the company will take the lead in autonomous vehicle technologies. It will continue to seek business ties with companies which have an expertise in this field to cope with rapidly changing trends in the global automobile industry," the statement said.

Aurora Innovation is made up of autonomous vehicle engineers from Google, Tesla and Uber. Last year, it received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to start testing driverless cars on public roads in the state.

For the "Hyundai Motor Group-Aurora Project," Hyundai Motor and Aurora plan to select an optimal smart city, connected through the internet of things, for the testing of self-driving car and other technologies.

They will cooperate in developing integrated autonomous driving solutions and building up data needed for autonomous driving. They will also share technologies to control driverless cars, Hyundai Motor said.

Hyundai's hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles will be used in project's testing programs, the company said.

Jointly developed autonomous vehicles should be able to drive themselves without input from the driver if there are no unexpected situations on the road, according to Hyundai Motor.

Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. together form the world's fifth-largest carmaker by sales.

This graphic image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Co. shows how the company's autonomous car technology works in a smart city. (Yonhap)


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