Hyundai debuts self-learning autonomous driving technology

Hyundai has debuted the world’s first autonomous driving technology which self-learns from a driver’s individual style.

A built-in AI observes the driver’s patterns to mimic their style in as safe a manner as possible. The use of a self-learning AI means the autonomous features should more closely replicate that of if the driver was still in full control of the vehicle.

Hyundai is rolling out the feature for cruise control initially and calling it Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning (SCC-ML).

Woongjun Jang, VP at Hyundai Motor Group, said:

“The new SCC-ML improves upon the intelligence of the previous ADAS technology to dramatically improve the practicality of semi-autonomous features.

Hyundai Motor Group will continue the development efforts on innovative AI technologies to lead the industry in the field of autonomous driving.”

SCC-ML will take account of the driver’s usual habits like acceleration speed, adapting to road conditions, and the usual distance kept between cars.

Sensors around the car are continuously used to update the vehicle’s driving style to mimic that of its driver. CC-ML is programmed specifically to avoid learning unsafe driving patterns.

While the technology is still within the ‘Level 2’ self-driving technology categorisation – meaning two or more vehicle features are automated, but a human must still be available to retake control – Hyundai considers SCC-ML a ‘Level 2.5’ technology.

Hyundai and its affiliate Kia Motors plan on rolling out SCC-ML to their new models.

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