Hyundai's New Ioniq Concept Previews The Affordable Autonomous Car

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Like it or not, self-driving cars are coming.

You can now add Hyundai to the list of automakers who are actively developing autonomous technology, knowing full well that it’s the future. So meet the latest Hyundai Ioniq Concept, which is having its debut at this year’s LA Auto Show. Although not headed for immediate production, the concept is equipped with what Hyundai hopes to become affordable autonomous tech. Examples include a hidden lidar system in its front bumper instead of on the roof, thus making the Ioniq look like any other car on the road.

Still, Hyundai claims the goal here was to keep the self-driving systems as simple as possible. With the help of the already in production Smart Cruise Control’s forward-facing radar and lane keep assist cameras, engineers managed to integrate them both with lidar technology. By developing a self-driving vehicle operating system with less computing power, Hyundai is essentially planning a low-cost platform. Additional new autonomous features included in the Ioniq concept are Forward Facing Radar, a three camera array which detects pedestrian proximity, lane markings and traffic signals, a GPS antenna, high definition mapping data, and blind spot detection.

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Combined with already in use tech like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning, Hyundai has clearly set a long term goal here. In fact, it’s already received a license to test its autonomous cars in urban areas. So there you have it. If Hyundai is putting autonomous tech at the top of its priorities list, then just imagine what all other brands will be doing, if they’re not already.

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