Hyundai launching its semi self-driving features earlier than planned


The race to bring self-driving features to market is stepping
up in a big way, now that GM’s Super Cruise is set to arrive in
the Cadillac CT6 later this year, and Audi has announced it’ll
ship its Level 3 self-driving tech in the next A8. Hyundai is
speeding up its own timeline for commercialization of its
“Highway Driving Assist 2” (HDA2) semi-autonomous features as a
result.

The HDA2 system is properly considered a Level 2 autonomous
feature, similar to Tesla’s Autopilot. The software handles
speed and stops in highway driving conditions, and also handles
changing to a crossroad, entering a junction, and merging on to
a main road automatically when a driver indicates their intent
to do so via their turn signal.

The introduction of HDA2 will “minimize intervention by
drivers,” according to Hyundai speaking to the Electronic
Times
. The tech “nears level 3 on freeways” according to
the company, and its introduction will help to achieve the
carmaker’s goals of commercializing fully autonomous vehicles
for consumers by 2022.

Hyundai had self-driving tech on display at CES, and has
espoused an approach that is lightweight in terms of computing
and sensor types in favor of detailed maps to keep costs down
for consumers. The company is not generally perceived as a
leader in the space, however, and deploying this tech earlier
than intended could help it make up ground thanks to data
collection efforts.

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