Hyundai Chooses Aptiv for Level 4 Autonomous Assault

Hyundai has partnered with sensor manufacturer, Aptiv, in a bid to accelerate its hopes of bringing a Level 4 driverless vehicle to market.

The pair will steer their autonomous ambitions cooperating in a joint venture with Hyundai’s Motional set up in March 2020. It is tasked with developing and commercializing Level 4 vehicles able to perform all driving tasks but allowing human intervention.

It claims to be able to begin testing fully driverless systems this year and its driverless systems and supporting technology will be available for robo-taxi providers and fleet operators by 2022. Motional’s team includes autonomous pioneers including those involved  with the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the US, the launch of the world’s first robo-taxi pilot in Singapore, 2016, and the operation of the world’s most-established public robo-taxi fleet in 2018 in Las Vegas.

It is based in Boston, with teams in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Singapore, and Seoul. The newest office, Seoul, will serve as a key technology hub and testing location.

Euisun Chung, executive vice-chairman of Hyundai, said: “Motional represents the next frontier of innovation as the company pioneers a new era of safe, accessible and green transportation. We have a long history of being on the cutting edge of automotive technology and look forward to continuing that legacy with Motional.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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