During the press conference at Automobility LA (Los Angeles Auto Show), Hyundai introduced the Autonomous IONIQ concept. Two Autonomous IONIQs will appear at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January where the cars will be seen driving around Las Vegas.
The fully autonomous Hyundai Ioniq doesn't differ much from the production Ioniq model, when you look at the exterior, however - according to Koreans - it is one of the very few self-driving automobiles in developement today that feature a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of on the roof, which is what makes it look like a standard car and not some high school science project.
While developing the fully autonomous drive system, their goal was to make it as simple as possible, which was achieved by using the production car's Smart Cruise Control's forward-facing radar, Lane Keep Assist cameras and integrated them with LiDAR technology. Hyundai Motor is also developing its own autonomous vehicle operating system that will require less computing power and is also expected to be less expensive, hence available to a broader spectre of customers – even those with a somewhat smaller budget.
LiDAR system will allow the autonomous IONIQ to "detect the absolute positions" of the vehicles and objects in its immediate surroundings. The Forward Facing Radar will detect the relative location and speed of objects ahead of the vehicle, while a three camera array will detect pedestrian proximity, lane markings and traffic signs and signals. A GPS antenna will help determine the precise location of each vehicle and the Blind Spot Detection Radar will make sure lane changing is safe. With digital mapping, location accuracy, road grade/curvature, lane width and indication data will also be displayed to ensure a safer ride.