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Hyundai outlines its autonomous vehicle plans for the next decade and beyond

Hyundai is peeling back the curtain on its autonomous vehicle plans.

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In a statement Monday as part of a New Year's message to shareholders, employees, and the public, Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Euisun Chung stressed the transformation of the company as mobility needs evolve, specifically singling out autonomous technologies as part of that push. The Group is the parent company of Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia.

"We will realize the safest and most innovative mobility technology in the world by strengthening our autonomous driving, connectivity and software capabilities. We will continue to invest in new growth fields such as urban air mobility and robotics to expand the realm of new mobility in the near future," said Chung.

Hyundai 'Elevate' Walking Car Concept Hyundai's New Horizon Studios recently released renderings that explore the possibilities of autonomous mobility including this 'Elevate' Walking Car Concept. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The Group recently made news by agreeing to acquire a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics.

The company has committed to applying Level 3 autonomous driving technology to mass production models in 2022. Further, they will push for commercialization projects for autonomous driving technologies such as robotaxi services in 2023.

There are six levels of autonomous driving according to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The base Level 0 technology provides warnings and momentary assistance like automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and lane departure warning. Levels 3, 4, and 5 offer advanced levels of autonomy that don't require the driver to be driving all the time. This level requires drivers to drive when a Level 3 features requests it of them.

According to the Pegasus project, a cooperative working to establish the standards of autonomous driving, a Level 3 system, "recognizes its limits but is not able to establish a risk-minimal state from every initial situation. Thus, the system requests the driver to take back the driving task with an sufficient time margin. The automated vehicle handles emergency situations successfully if a human driver could handle the situation.

Late last year, Honda made news when it said that its forthcoming Honda Legend will feature Level 3 autonomous technology, becoming the first in the world to do so. Honda's parent company says that the car will be launched before the end of the current fiscal year (March 31, 2021) and feature Traffic Jam Pilot as its hallmark technology.

Motional Inc., the joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, has plans to conduct Level 4 driverless tests on public roads in Nevada. In 2023, the company will work with Lyft to launch autonomous driving commercialization services in "major U.S. regions". Presumably this means cities that have been traditional autonomous vehicle testing zones like Phoenix, San Francisco, and metro Atlanta.

Hyundai Motor Group also intends to focus on next-generation software that interacts with vehicle driving assistance, map-linked navigation, and connected infotainment systems. This is a natural next step, and something that other automakers are also doing.

Additionally, the Group's Unmanned Aircraft System, a joint venture with Uber,is on track for a 2026 debut for hybrid powertrain models while a fully electrified model is due in 2028 for use in urban areas. The companies see regional air mobility products connecting adjacent cities in the 2030s.

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Lamborghini is accelerating its path toward an all-electric future.

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Lamborghini plans to electrify its lineup and now we know how fast that process will be going and what the company won't be focusing on. In a presentation, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, detailed that the super luxury automaker will "focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics" rather than fuel economy. Those words are magic to enthusiasts ears.

"Lamborghini's electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects," said Winkelmann. "Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant'Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA."

The three-phase approach to electrification starts this year. From 2021 to 2022, Lamborghini will focus on "presenting models paying tribute to the company's recent period of continuous success". Expect two new cars in the V12 model line-up to be announced this year.

By the end of 2024, the hybrid transition for the automaker will be well underway. In 2023 Lamborghini will launch its first hybrid series production car and by the end of 2024, the entire range will be electrified. The company's internal target for this phase is to reduce product carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by the beginning of 2025.

In this second phase, Lamborghini is committed to keeping the drive experience in focus as well as the application of carbon fiber materials, which the company sees as crucial in developing their new product lineup.

Lamborghini is committing to bringing the company's first fully-electric car to the market in the second half of the 2020s with a number of electric vehicles on the horizon. The automaker expects to introduce a fourth model.

The automaker has initiated an investment of 1.5 billion euros to create the pathway to electrification. The money will be spent over four years time.

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The 2022 IONIQ 5 will feature futuristic styling.

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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 was announced earlier this year, but today we learned quite a bit more about the new EV, including that it will sport some impressive charging figures. As the automaker's first dedicated electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5 rollout is an important one, and will take place in stages across late 2021 and early 2022.

Hyundai will offer the Ioniq 5 with two different electric motor options. The base configuration includes a single motor that produces 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with two-wheel drive. This configuration will be capable of up to 300 miles of range per charge. The upgraded model will come with a dual-motor system and all-wheel drive. It derives a total of 320 horsepower from its motors and can reach 60 mph from a standstill in five seconds. The speedier Ioniq 5's range will reach up to 244 miles on a charge.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 The IONIQ 5 is Hyundai's first dedicated EV.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Ioniq 5's most impressive specs, however, are in its charging speeds. The vehicle supports 800-volt charging and can run 400-volt charging without the need for additional adapters or hardware. Hyundai says it's the first patented technology that uses the motor and inverter to boost 400 volts to 800 volts, which will equate to blazing charging speeds. The Ioniq 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes, and can regain up to 68 miles of range with just a five minute charge using a 350-kW fast charger. The car can fully recharge in 6 hours and 43 minutes using Level 2 charging.

To provide juice for that fast charging, Hyundai is working with Electrify America to provide over 600 charging stations to owners of the Ioniq 5. Hyundai will also give buyers free charging across the Electrify America network with unlimited 30-minute sessions for two years following the date of purchase.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 The vehicle can provide power for other electric devices.Photo courtesy of Hyundai

EVs are increasingly offering the ability to provide power for other things, which is a trick that the Ioniq 5 will be able to pull off. Hyundai says that it will have the ability to recharge any electric device, including scooters, bicycles, or camping equipment, and notes that it will even be able to provide power to another EV. The function is called V2L, or vehicle-to-load, and provides up to 1.9 kW power using a standard 120-volt outlet. The Ioniq 5's charging port provides power through an available accessory adaptor.

The Ioniq 5 will start hitting dealers' lots this fall, but availability will vary depending on where you live. Buyers in states that are California EV-compliant will get the vehicle first, with others to follow at some point in 2022.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Two 12-inch displays grace the IONIQ 5's dash.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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