2017 Hyundai Equus To Include Self-Driving Technology
You should always keep your hands on the steering wheel and your feet on the pedals while driving, but with the upcoming 2017 Hyundai Equus luxury car, you might be able to relax and let the car do the driving.
The Koreans have plans to include a number of self-driving features and technologies when they release the Equus redesign next year, making it something of a semi-autonomous vehicle.
The driving assistance features included in the 2017 Equus will help the car stay in the correct lane, whilst also adjusting the speed to avoid impending collisions.
Pricing has yet to be released, but we expect it to be in the range of current models at $61,500 to $68,750.
Company officials for Hyundai announced at the Seoul Motor Show that South Korea and the US will be the major target markets for the Equus.
It was at this show that Hyundai announced that they would also add traffic jam assistance, which would allow the vehicle to self-drive in stop-and –go driving at low speeds.
There was no word on when the technology would be available, or which models would feature it.
Kim Choong-ho, the president and CEO of Hyundai, spoke at the event and indicated that it was time that Hyundai took a step forward in creating cars that were high in quality, as well as being in front of the race to create eco-friendly, high-tech cars.
While many big tech companies across the world are devoting their time and money in developing self-driving vehicles, Hyundai is choosing at this time to focus on semiautonomous driver-assistance technologies.
These allow the driver to take control when they want, so that they can still savor the fun of driving. Hyundai didn’t mention any of the companies working on self-driving cars, but it’s no secret that Google and Apple are dabbling in the technology.
For their part, Hyundai will continue to work towards improving vehicle-to-vehicle sensors and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technologies for future models.
They did also say that their end goal would be to commercialize completely autonomous vehicles.
Hyundai has already said that they plan on investing $1.8 billion in driverless technologies between now and 2018.
Sister company Kia used the Seoul show to showcase a vehicle that could self-park, as well as a service that is similar to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions, both of which allow for mobile devices to be used for entertainment and navigation in-car.
There is no word yet on which specific models would get the technology.
The current laws and existing roads are not quite ready to accept driverless cars.
Hyundai officials made it clear that if someone driving such a car where to get in an accident, they would be uninsured and likely breaking the law.
It is believed that we are still 7-10 years away from laws and infrastructure being in place that would make driverless cars legal and safe to drive.