KAIST partners with Hyundai Motor to co-develop autonomous driving technologies

By Park Sae-jin Posted : February 23, 2023, 14:55 Updated : February 23, 2023, 14:55

[Courtesy of KAIST]

SEOUL -- South Korea's state research institute has partnered with the Hyundai auto group to co-develop autonomous driving technologies that would allow vehicles to maintain stability during self-driving at high speeds.
While autonomous driving features offer drivers a convenient and safe driving experience at low speeds, it is harder for cars' sensors to detect and recognize obstacles such as other cars or pedestrians when moving fast. Sensors including lidar and cameras also detect the shape of the road ahead to smoothly control the car without crashing but vehicles are required to process and analyze road situations in a shorter time when they are moving faster.
In June 2022, the United Nations extended the speed of automated driving up to 130 kilometers per hour on motorways in certain conditions. However, South Korea's transport ministry does not currently limit the speed of autonomous vehicles so that research institutes can extend their areas of research without being pushed back by regulations.
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) said that it has forged a partnership with Hyundai for the co-development of high-speed autonomous driving technology. Hyundai will fund the research and KAIST will offer the carmaker with knowledge related to self-driving techniques.
"We hope this partnership becomes an opportunity for the upgrade of autonomous driving technology that will increase the performance and stability of ordinary autonomous vehicles," Hyundai's research and development division head Sung Nak-sup said in a statement on February 23. 
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