Hyundai Will Have Self-Driving Cars by 2020, On the Road in 2030

Hyundai Elantra 1 photo
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The chase is on in the auto industry to create safer cars. After the Takata airbag scandal and the one involving some fires caused by ignition switches, everyone took a step back and looked again at what is offered out there today.
Hyundai doesn’t want to get left behind and claims that it’s working hard at bringing more and more safety features to cheaper cars. On top of that, they claim that a completely autonomous car could be possible by 2020 but would only go on sale in 2030 due to legal reasons.

The South Korean company is going to introduce a new lane-keeping system for its high-end vehicles this year. On top of that, their advanced driver assistance systems will be introduced on cheaper alternatives in 2015 as well, such as the Elantra.

To show that they’re serious about all of these plans, the company showcased their technology at a demonstration outside Seoul. In it, a Hyundai Genesis featuring all the latest tech drove through a course made up of all sorts of obstacles, from a car parked overlapping a shoulder to performing an S-turn slalom and even U-turns.

At the moment, the Koreans are keeping up with what they consider the forerunners in the field, namely the Germans. Their cars can be had with everything you can think of in the field of safety tech. From traffic jam assistants to self-parking models you can have it all.

However, that’s only the beginning according to Kim Dae Sung, director of Hyundai's Automotive Control Systems Development Group:

"The goal is not to make a car like Google’s. The goal is to implement autonomous driving technologies into our cars to keep customers safe. Safety is the biggest issue,” he said in a statement for Automotive News.

Indeed, that seems to be the common target these days: creating a completely autonomous car. In this regard, Hyundai is offering an autonomous emergency braking system, a lane-departure warning system, a lane-keeping assist function, parking assist and blind-spot detection. In the future, deployment of such tech will be done at a faster pace and manufacturers need to be ready.
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