With driverless technology, it’s not your grandfather’s Grandeur

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With driverless technology, it’s not your grandfather’s Grandeur

It looks like a normal Hyundai Grandeur HG, but immediately after pushing the cruise button inside, the wheel and accelerator pedal automatically operate the car. When it detects vehicles moving at intersections, the system stops the vehicle, and it changes lanes when necessary. In an emergency situation, like a child running into the street, the car brakes to avoid impact.

At the Korea Automobile Testing and Research Institute (Katri) last week, researchers with Hyundai Mobis tested their revolutionary automated driving system that enables the car to drive itself using key systems such as electronic engine control (ECU).

The parts affiliate of Hyundai Motor aims to develop a complete system by 2020 and start selling it in 2025.

The company established a convergence technology team in January 2013 to develop driverless cars utilizing high-end technology, including advanced systems that detect movement around a car using ultrasonic waves, radar and cameras, and that keep vehicles in the proper lane, as well as a smart cruise control system.

The company says a differential global positioning system (DGPS), an enhancement to GPS that provides improved location accuracy, will be tested as well.

“Each sensor installed in a car is about 100 million won [$94,000], but we think we can lower it to a reasonable price when it is ready for mass production,” says Jeong Tae-yong, a spokesman for Hyundai Mobis.

Along with the DGPS system, the company says it has made progress on its automatic parking system, which can be activated by smartphone.

“Both the DGPS and automatic parking system still have some things to improve,” says Jeong. “We need more detailed and perfect maps that we can put into those systems for mass production to prevent small accidents. Let’s say if someone drives a car from his or her home to a supermarket and wants to use the automatic parking system, we need accurate information down to the smallest detail.”


BY LEE HYUN-TAEK, KWON SANG-SOO [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]
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