Hyundai has partnered with Aurora Innovation to bring self-driving vehicles to market by 2021. The vehicles will have Level 4 autonomous capability, defined by SAE, that can operate without human input or oversight under select conditions.
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. Both Hyundai and Aurora plan to commercialize self-driving vehicles worldwide, most likely as a service.
Dr. Woong Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor, said – “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. 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.”
Hyundai said that the partnership with Aurora is part of the company’s ongoing efforts towards realizing fully autonomous driving. Hyundai first began testing autonomous vehicles on public roads of the USA in 2015, having been granted a license by the state of Nevada. Last year at the 2017 CES, Hyundai advanced its trials in urban environments, demonstrating self-driving technologies to the public with its autonomous IONIQ models.