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Hyundai to unveil next-gen FCEV at CES

Debut coincides with partnership with autonomous technology firm Aurora

Published: January 4, 2018, 1:30 AM
Updated: January 9, 2018, 5:50 AM

Hyundai next-generation FCEV

Hyundai will unveil its next-generation fuel-cell vehicle at the CES 2018 show in Las Vegas next week, and putting emphasis on a new cockpit and autonomous driving.

The yet-unnamed crossover will move up from the current Tucson FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle), but it is not yet known if Hyundai will keep the name or create something similar to Ioniq, to designate a vehicle that stands alone from the rest of the Hyundai stable.

Hyundai next-generation FCEV

Hyundai will use the opportunity to unveil several new technologies, including a new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that takes into account the three different facets of autonomous driving.

ADAS covers driver-requirements of cognition, judgment and control, in accordance with how drivers go about the task of driving. Cognition would be the equivalent of watching the road — the eyes, if you will — perceiving what’s transpiring around the vehicle, with the aid of sensors and/or cameras.

Genesis autonomous driving camera

Judgement is the driver’s analysis of the situation — the brain — to manage the signals and determine the best way to react in the situation. And, control would be the hands, or muscles, to physically move the vehicle in the quickest, safest way.

Other technologies to be unveiled at CAS 2018 include the Intelligent Personal Cockpit — which uses artificial intelligence, voice recognition and vital-sign wellness monitoring, to ensure the driver is operating at peak performance to effectively control the vehicle — and the connection between hydrogen-powered mobility and hydrogen home applications.

Hyundai IONIQ autonomous driving

The announcement comes on the heels of an announcement of strategic partnership between Hyundai and Aurora, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, to bring autonomous models to the worldwide market as early as 2021.

The partnership will begin with the development of hardware and software, and the data services needed for Level 4 automation (capacity to operate without human input or oversight under certain conditions). It will also involve real world testing in select “smart” cities (those facilitating communication between vehicles and infrastructure), starting with the next-gen FCEV

Hyundai IONIQ autonomous driving

“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, Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman. “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.”