Hyundai joins self-driving connected car race

H2015 Velosteryundai is getting on the self-driving highway joining Delphi, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Tesla, Google and others. Hyundai reps stated that they will offer partially-autonomous driving in 2015, highly automated driving in 2020 and fully autonomous cars by 2030.

Hyundai showed off autonomous features at a demonstration near Seoul Korea. The company will offer highway self driving in the second half of this year. Then it will offer the traffic jam assist system for slow moving traffic, later.

Hyundai is very cost conscious and caters to Millennials and their taste for digital music. Hyundai is one the first automakers to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that are expected to be pushed out the navigation-equipped 2015 Sonata models. Hyundai will not be offering CD players in future models. At CES Hyundai announced a smart watch app for remote Blue Link features.

The Hyundai Genesis has pedestrian collision avoidance with automatic braking. Autonomous driving features will be deployed gradually while car buyers become more and more aware of their availability.

2020 is the year that many automakers are stating they will have some form of autonomous vehicles on the road.

The fact that one of the world’s top auto suppliers Delphi has made a self-driving trip across the United States proved that autonomous driving is coming in the future. Delphi suggests that it will add about $5,000 to the cost of car to to outfit it with autonomous features.

The development cycle for cars is around five years. Delphi, Valeo, NVIDIA or other suppliers are close to offering fullly autonomous hardware and software packages to car makers.

ADAS (Advanced Driver Safety Systems) which previously cost in the thousands of dollars in safety packages were just reduced by Toyota down to $300 for compact models.