Self-Driving Slicktop: Hyundai Shows Off Autonomous Ioniq
Hyundai joined the crowded field of automated vehicle prototypes at the 2017 CES with a self-driving Ioniq. Previously rolled out last fall, at the Los Angeles auto show, Hyundai’s autonomous Ioniq concept stands out for what the item lacks—any visible autonomous tech.
in which’s because Hyundai is actually choosing to forgo the typical roof-mounted lidar along with instead hides the technology behind the vehicle’s front-bumper cover. The lidar system works that has a windshield-header-mounted camera array, a GPS antenna, along with more run-of-the-mill automated-vehicle technology such as the adaptive cruise control’s forward-facing radar system, cameras for the lane-keeping assist function, along with blind-spot monitors to navigate the Ioniq without human assistance.
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Still, don’t expect a self-driving Ioniq to show up at your local dealer’s lot anytime soon. In fact, through 2016, the brand didn’t deliver just one Ioniq product, despite the fact in which the hybrid along with electric variants were originally slated for a late-2016 Discharge. Meanwhile, Hyundai remains mum on pricing specifics for the high-efficiency hatchback, which also will be available that has a plug-in-hybrid powertrain later in 2017. Dazzled athough we are by Hyundai’s ability to hide its autonomous Ioniq concept’s lidar system, we’d rather see human-driven Ioniqs enter dealer inventory along with consumers’ garages.