Hyundai targets 2021 for self-driving

Hyundai Motor Company and Aurora, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, have agreed a strategic partnership to bring self-driving Hyundai vehicles to market by 2021.

The partnership incorporates Aurora’s self-driving technology into Hyundai vehicles starting with models custom-developed and launched in test programmes and pilot cities. Over the longer term, Hyundai and Aurora will work to commercialise self-driving vehicles worldwide.

To start, the partnership will focus on the ongoing development of hardware and software for automated and autonomous driving and the back-end data services required for Level 4 automation. Level 4 autonomous vehicles defined by SAE can operate without human input or oversight under select conditions. The goal of the partnership is to deploy autonomous driving quickly, broadly and safely.

‘We know the future of transportation is autonomous, and autonomous driving technology needs to be proven in the real-world to accelerate deployment in a safe and scalable manner’, said Dr Woong Chul Yang, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor. ‘Combining our advanced vehicle technology that embeds the latest safety features with Aurora’s leading suite of Level 4 autonomous technology will advance this revolution in mobility with Hyundai in a leadership position.’

For the last two decades, Aurora’s founders claim to have spearheaded the self-driving revolution, building teams and pioneering modern machine learning techniques now on the cusp of transforming transportation

‘Aurora is excited to partner with Hyundai Motor to make the social benefits of self-driving available globally,’ said Dr Chris Urmson, CEO of Aurora. ‘This partnership combines Hyundai’s strengths in vehicle design, safety and manufacturing with Aurora’s expertise in self-driving technologies to make a positive difference in the world.’