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Hyundai Showcases World First Self-driven Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

* Level 4 autonomous fuel cell electric vehicles make 190 km journey in Korea
* NEXO completes Korea's longest level 4 autonomous driving demonstration
* Hyundai to commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021
* Fully autonomous Hyundai vehicle to be available in the market by 2030


February 5, 2018 - A fleet of Hyundai's next generation NEXO fuel cell electric cars, fitted with autonomous technology, has successfully completed a self-driven 190 kilometer highway journey in Korea. It was the longest distance covered by a self-driving vehicle on Korean roads and included travel at speeds of up to 110 km/h, the maximum allowed. It followed previous successful tests at lower speeds and on local roads.
Three NEXO models took part in the drive, with the next-generation fuel cell electric SUV scheduled to be released in Korea next month. All vehicles were equipped with level 4 self-driving technology, as defined by the SAE international standards. This allows the car to safely drive itself without any human input, referred to as 'mind off' autonomy.
The demonstration started in Seoul with the 'CRUISE' and 'SET' buttons being pressed on the autonomous-driving steering wheel of each vehicle, at which point the cars immediately switched to self-driving mode and began the 190 km journey to Pyeongchang. Entering the highway, the vehicles moved in response to the natural flow of traffic. They executed lane changes and overtaking maneuvers, and navigated toll gates using a wireless expressway payment system.
Building on Hyundai's successful demonstration of autonomous prototypes early last year, the cars featured a number of refinements that enabled them to recognize surrounding vehicles more accurately, make better judgements at junctions and at branching roads, navigate through toll gates by accurately calculating the toll gate's width and position, and precisely pinpoint the vehicle's position on a map by using external sensors fitted for situations when the GPS signal was interrupted, such as going through long underground tunnels.
"Hyundai's philosophy for developing autonomous driving technology is to provide the highest level of safety combined with a high standard of convenience that our customers expect," said Jinwoo Lee, head of the Intelligent Safety Technology Center at Hyundai Motor Group.
The NEXO fuel cell electric SUV can drive more than 600 km on a single charge, which takes approximately five minutes. The model boasts world-class system efficiency of 60%, durability equivalent to internal combustion engine-driven vehicles and a load space of 839 liters.

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Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2017 sold about 4.7 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world's first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world's first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.



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