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News Roundup: Hyundai Quietly Debuts New Self-Driving Ioniq, Intel Invests Millions in Autonomous Car Technology, and More

A quick look at headlines from around the driverless and connected-car industries this week:

Intel to partner with BMW and Mobileye, invest millions in autonomous car technology

Intel Corp. announced this week that it plans to invest more than $250 million over the next two years to develop fully autonomous driving technology. The longtime chip-maker plans to collaborate with BMW and Mobileye to develop the technology. When asked why they decided to get involved in autonomous car technology, CEO Brian Krzanich said the company is particularly interested in the amount of data each autonomous car can generate, which they estimate to be at least 4 TB per car. Read more about Intel’s announcement on Nasdaq.com.

 

Hyundai quietly debuts new autonomous Ioniq

Hyundai surprised a lot of people by putting the brand-new autonomous version of its Ioniq car on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show recently with no fanfare. The new Ioniq reportedly looks identical to the all-electric version of the sedan and utilizes a lidar system with three advanced radars combined with three forward-facing cameras, blind-spot sensors, GPS antenna and “smart cruise” radar. Hyundai said it will offer rides in the self-driving Ioniq at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas in January. Read more from The Detroit News.

 

Budapest’s AImotive expands autonomous car technology business to U.S.

AImotive, started in Budapest, is expanding its reach to the U.S., having recently opened an office in Mountain View, California, and potentially eyeing other locations across the country. AImotive is working on tech solutions to help automakers enable Level 5 autonomy, the highest level. The company’s aiDrive software allows vehicles to learn to identify objects, tap into landmark-based location-recognition protocols, and engage in real-time tracking and control of the gas, break, horn, and headlights. Read more about AImotive on Business Journal.

Hyundai Teams Up With Cisco Systems for Connected-Car Tech, Vehicle Driving Simulation

Jennifer van der Kleut

If there’s one Silicon Valley company that knows high-speed data, it’s Cisco Systems. So, it’s no surprise that when popular South Korea-based automaker Hyundai was looking for a data specialist to team up with to develop the next generation of Internet-connected cars, they chose Cisco.

News outlets began reporting the new partnership this week.

Fortune Magazine reports that the partnership “will focus on a network that will speed up and improve the transfer of large amounts of data within the vehicle,” and that it is “part of Hyundai’s wider strategy of working with tech firms to create a connected-car platform for its vehicles.”

The network will aim to make communication between the various systems within the car more effective–and the two companies say, not only will that goal help optimize the car’s connectivity, but it will lend itself well to future self-driving tech as well.

“For autonomous driving to progress, [the car’s systems] have to communicate efficiently with each other and the driver in real time,” Fortune says.

Essentially, Reuters reports, Hyundai plans to create “high-performing computers on wheels.”

Fortune reports that the two entities will also combine forces on research into a test environment for vehicle driving simulation.

“Hyundai Motor says it will invest in cloud, big data analytics, and connected car security technologies,” Fortune explains.

Image Courtesy of Hyundai.

Kia Scores License to Test Autonomous Cars on Nevada Public Roads

Jennifer van der Kleut

The latest company to land a license to test autonomous cars on public roads is Kia, in the state of Nevada.

Several news outlets report that Kia and Hyundai are working together to test partially and fully autonomous cars in real-world driving situations, and together have invested $2 billion to develop the technology and hire new engineers by 2018, according to SlashGear.

Kia has declared it wants to start selling partially autonomous cars to the public by 2020, and fully autonomous cars by 2030.

Digital Trends reports that some of Kia’s planned features for its future cars include vehicle-to-vehicle communication that will allow cars to inform each other of their location in real-time, and Traffic Jam Assist, which will automate driving at low speeds in traffic jams on roads such as highways.

Kia will reportedly test electric Kia Soul cars on public roads in Nevada.