Developed on low-cost platform using less-computing power, making it a more affordable self-driving car.
The sun and neon-lit boulevards of Las Vegas see numerous driverless cars driving up and down this week, thanks to the on-going Consumer Electronics Show 2017 where several automakers are displaying their mobility solutions of the future. The latest one at display is Hyundai’s Ioniq Autonomous concept – fourth iteration in the new Ioniq range of electric and hybrids.
The autonomous Ioniq concept primarily previews the Hyundai’s LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) systems, along with the Ioniq production car’s techs like Automatic Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control’s forward-facing radar, Pedestrian Detection, and Lane Keep Assist cameras. Hyundai says that this self-driving car is for an average consumer, developed using simple technologies keeping affordability in mind. The company is developing its own autonomous vehicle operating system that rely on less-computing, therefore creating a low-cost platform of driverless cars.
Basically, the self-driving Ioniq is simple and down-to-earth, even in styling. It is almost identical to the regular Ioniqs, with hidden LiDAR system placed inside its front bumper instead of on the hood or roof. The LiDAR gives sense of positioning to the car amid surrounding vehicles and objects, using three sensors.
Moreover, the Forward Facing Radar reckons relative location and speed of other objects on the car’s purview. While the Blind Spot Detection radar ensures secure lane changes while on cruise. There are three cameras on board, which takes care of traffic signals, pedestrian proximity, and lane markings. The car also uses a GPS antenna and Hyundai MnSoft software for accurate location mapping.
The autonomous Ioniq concept will take some more time to enter production. Hyundai’s low-cost platform and superior R&D credentials makes this car significant, as against most of its counterparts.