Hyundai has announced that it has partnered with Aurora to help it introduce self-driving Hyundai vehicles by 2021. The partnership will see the automaker integrate Aurora’s self-driving technology into Hyundai vehicles starting with models custom-developed and launched in test programs and pilot cities.
Initially the new partnership will focus on the development of hardware and software for automated and autonomous driving required for Level 4 automation. As a refresher, Level 4 autonomous vehicles defined can operate without human input under certain conditions.
“We know the future of transportation is autonomous, and autonomous driving technology needs to be proven in the real-world to accelerate deployment in a safe and scalable manner,” said Dr. Woong Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor. “Combining our advanced vehicle technology that embeds the latest safety features with Aurora’s leading suite of Level 4 autonomous technology will advance this revolution in mobility with Hyundai in a leadership position.”
“Aurora is excited to partner with Hyundai Motor to make the social benefits of self-driving available globally,” said Dr. Chris Urmson, CEO of Aurora. “This partnership combines Hyundai’s strengths in vehicle design, safety and manufacturing with Aurora’s expertise in self-driving technologies to make a positive difference in the world.”
Hyundai has also announced that it will unveil its new fuel cell vehicle next week at CES 2018, which will be the first vehicle to test the autonomous driving technologies.