Hyundai will have on hand two autonomous Ioniqs during CES that will drive up and down the Strip.
Hyundai is betting big on its new Ioniq sedan. Taking an efficiency-focused approach from the start, the company arrived at 58 mpg combined for the hybrid – besting the new Toyota Prius – and as much as 124 miles (199 kilometers) of range on a single charge for the EV. But that advanced thinking isn’t stopping at just miles per gallon.
At the 2016 LA Auto Show, Hyundai announced its newest addition to the range. The Autonomous Ioniq concept combines that characteristic efficiency with self-driving capabilities, putting to use the already available safety systems like the forward-facing radar and lane-keep assist. It will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
As far as design is concerned, engineers were able to forgo the roof-mounted LiDAR system in place one hidden in the front bumper. The factory look keeps it from resembling “a high school science project,” says the company, and retains the Ioniq’s unique lines. But how does it all work?
The forward-facing radar is able to detect the relative location and speed of objects in the vehicle’s forward path to aid in route planning. From there, a three-camera array detects pedestrian proximity, lane markings, and traffic signals. It works together underneath a GPS antenna that determines the precise location of each vehicle, utilizing high-definition mapping and blind spot detection radar.
Following the announcement at the LA Auto Show, Hyundai will have a pair of Ioniq autonomous concepts on display at CES in Las Vegas, allowing press the opportunity to ride in the self-driving concepts up and down the Vegas Strip. Along with another autonomous Ioniq concept, the company is developing two autonomous Tucson fuel-cell vehicles at Hyundai’s Research and Development Campus in Namyang, South Korea.