Multiple auto companies are getting ready to bring their newest tech to the Detroit Auto Show and CES 2017, and we are very likely to see driverless car technology being touted from almost every different manufacturer there. In a recent press release on Thursday, the South Korean company Hyundai confirmed that they will also be showing off new driverless technology at the world’s largest consumer electronics show, and plan to bring two different models to the market.
After showing off its Ioniq concept car at the LA auto show in November, Hyundai says it is looking to bring both a hybrid and fully electric model to Las Vegas this January. Both models will be Ioniq hatchbacks, which will be using mostly the same technology as the company showed off just a month ago. Since the company has certified the car with the highest level of self-driving safety protocols, it feels ready to release the new models into the wild.
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Hyundai, along with its sister company Kia Motors, is sticking to its initial plan to invest $1.7 billion to develop a self-driving smart vehicle by 2018, and it looks like it may reach its goal earlier than expected. Though they have not said if they are looking to produce these vehicles en masse quite yet, the company says they are slated to be producing self-driving solutions for the market by 2020.
In addition to this news, Hyundai announced that they had signed an agreement with the government of Hwaseong in Korea’s Gyeonggi Province to create a “Vehicle of Everything Communication System”, which it says will be made to allow vehicles and infrastructure communicate with one another to improve safety.
Are you excited about these announcements? It is always great to see another company break into the market with new self-driving tech, and we hope to see more advancements in the near future.