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“We’re confident we can overtake Tesla”: Hyundai one year behind Silicon Valley for level three autonomy


Hyundai claims to be closing in on Tesla for level three autonomous technology in its vehicles 

Hyundai is in a tech war with global car manufacturer Tesla, but according to the former the gap between them is not as far as one would think. 

The South Korean automaker said in August that it was only a year behind Tesla in terms of autonomous technology.

Hyundai head of autonomous driving, Jang Woong-jun, said that the company isn’t far off Tesla.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 robotaxi 2022 side profile 2
Hyundai is currently using its Ioniq 5 as a robotaxi autonomous vehicle

“Tesla’s advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) is ahead of us. But we’re confident we can overtake Tesla soon,” he said. 

Hyundai plans to launch level three technology in the Genesis G90, along with an array of future products including the Kia EV9 and Hyundai Ioniq 7 large electric SUVs.

The Hyundai group aims to roll out fully autonomous vehicles to market by 2030 which will align with the South Korean government’s plan to bring autonomy to society on a grand scale. 

Kia EV9 2022 testing driving
The Kia EV9 could debut more advanced autonomous tech

Hyundai has close eye on Tesla 

According to KED Global, Hyundai has been keeping a close eye on Tesla to the extent of disassembling a Tesla Model 3 to find out what lies beneath. 

Hyundai found that the Tesla Model 3 had 39 integrated controllers (that aid in autonomous driving) compared to the 50 found in the Ioniq 5. 

Hyundai Ioniq 7 2024 rear view
Hyundai’s seven concept shows what could be coming for autonomous cars

However, the more controllers means there are more chances of malfunction.

Hyundai aims to reduce the number of integrated controllers in the next generation Ioniq 5 to around four or five by 2025. 

The Hyundai Motor Group acquired autonomous driving and mobility company 42dot in August to aid in developing self-driving software for its cars.

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