Hyundai Takes Autonomous Vehicle for a 70mph Spin
Hyundai has introduced three cars that take inspiration from NEXO fuel cell vehicles, which is equipped with Level 4 autonomous technology, and have finished a test travel of 118 miles from Seoul to Pyeongchang without any driver input.
The interesting thing about this test was that it was operated in real traffic, traveling at speeds that reach almost 70mph. Earlier autonomous car testing were done in controlled environments at relatively slower speeds, so this test is rather revolutionary. Hyundai has stated that the test journey included adherence to the traffic's flow, making necessary lane changes, and even navigating through toll booths.
The NEXO has been created as a hydrogen fuel cell car, and it is made from the ground up. Hyundai is able to reach its target range of 500 miles for the NEXO, with just a single, five-minute hydrogen charge, coupled with a 60 percent system efficiency. Hyundai also declared a real-world range of 360 miles during the CES, and it also reaches zero to 60 mph in 9.9 seconds.
Hyundai predicts that the availability of Level 4 vehicles would probably be done in 2021, though it might only be sold in cities or locations that are conducive for autonomous driving. A true, full-scale autonomous driving might be made available sometime in 2030.