Hyundai has entered into a new partnership to develop autonomous steering software for car manufacturers to design their own robot taxi fleet.
The South Korean automarker has announced the $ 4 billion venture with Aptiv, which designs production-level self-propelled systems intended for commercialization against level 4 and level 5 production.
The company aims to strengthen the leading position of companies in the global autonomous ecosystem.
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Hyundai has entered into a new partnership to develop a production-ready autonomous driving platform for robot axis. South Korean car marking has announced the $ 4 billion company with Aptiv, which will have the technology ready for the market by 2022
The goal is to develop ready-to-drive level 4 and level 5 self-propelled propulsion systems, which, according to the duo, will be available by 2022 for robotaxi and fleet managers and other car manufacturers.
Both companies will own 50 percent of the joint venture, which has a total value of $ 4 billion.
Hyundai, which appears to be the most involved in the collaboration, has contributed $ 1.6 billion in cash and another $ 4 billion in vehicle technology, R&D resources and access to intellectual property.
The head office in Dublin, Aptiv, will, however, provide its own autonomous driving technology, intellectual property and around 700 employees who focus on developing scalable autonomous driving solutions.
The new partnership reflects the shared vision of the company to make mobility safer, greener and more accessible through the development of autonomous technology.
"This collaboration reinforces Aptiv's leading capabilities in the development of advanced driver assistance systems, vehicle connectivity solutions and Smart Vehicle Architecture," said Kevin Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aptiv.
The aim is to develop ready-to-use level 4 and level 5 self-propelled propulsion systems that, according to the duo, will be available to robot taxis and fleet managers, as well as other car manufacturers.
& # 39; Hyundai Motor Group & # 39; s advanced engineering and R&D capabilities make them our partner of choice to promote the development of a production-ready autonomous platform. & # 39;
The activities of the joint venture in Korea will serve as an important technology center, as well as a vehicle adjustment base and a test bed for autonomous platforms for operating mobility services.
Hyundai Motor Group's strong presence on the local automotive market and world-class 5G infrastructure are expected to boost the partnership's development efforts.
& # 39; The new joint venture marks the start of a trip with Aptiv to our common goal of commercializing autonomous driving & quot ;, said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group.
WHAT ARE THE SIX LEVELS OF SELF-DRIVEN AUTOMATION?
Level zero – The full-time performance by the human driver of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even when improved by warning or intervention systems.
Level one – A small amount of control is achieved by the system, such as adaptive braking when a car gets too close.
Level two – The system can control the speed and direction of the car so that the driver can temporarily take his hands off, but he must keep an eye on the road at all times and be ready to take it over.
Level three – The driver does not always have to monitor the system in certain cases, for example in high manners, but must be ready to resume control if the system requests it.
Level four – The system can handle all situations automatically within certain uses, but it may not be able to handle all weather or road conditions. System will rely on high definition mapping.
Level five – Full automation. The system can handle all weather, traffic and light conditions. It can be used anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances.
& # 39; The combined capabilities of Aptiv, a leading global technology company, and our group, a global OEM, will be invaluable to lead the autonomous driving landscape. & # 39;
Since the DARPA Challenge 2007, Aptiv has been leading the race of self-driving car software and is known to run the first coast-to-coast automated drive in the United States in 2015 and to be the first commercially usable autonomous vehicle worldwide.
More than 100 autonomous vehicles around the world have Aptiv technology and to date, the company has provided more than 70,000 paid autonomous journeys, with more than 2,700 destinations, while providing an almost perfect average passenger rating of 4.95 has retained five stars.
The latest investment from Hyundai Motor Group embodies the continuous efforts of the Korean automotive leader to achieve fully autonomous driving with the highest level of safety. Hyundai began testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in the US in 2015 with a permit from the state of Nevada.
During CES in 2017, Hyundai expanded its trials in urban environments with self-driving technologies to the public with its autonomous IONIQ model.
And in 2018, the South Korean car manufacturer successfully demonstrated level 4 autonomous driving technology on a highway, while five NEXO fuel cell electric vehicles traveled 190 kilometers from Seoul to Pyeonchang without the help of a human driver.
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