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

JoongAng Daily - - Business & Finance - BY LEE HYUN-TAEK, KWON SANG-SOO sak­won80@joongang.co.kr

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 im- pact.

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 im- proved 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.”

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