LA 2016: Hyundai Ioniq - a significant advance in autonomy

17 November 2016 | by Joe Simpson

Is the most significant car in LA actually a small blue Hyundai? It doesn’t look like much, but the blue Ioniq EV lurking at the back of Hyundai’s stand (we thought the Ioniq was only allowed in white...) represents a real advance. Why? This Ioniq is autonomous, and it has all-important Lidar sensors incorporated into its body, rather than sensors sprouting like comedy bunny ears on top of the roof.

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Here, the sensor is incorporated below the license plate holder, and there are an array of other cameras and sensors at the top of the windshield. Inside, a large, secondary upper screen in the IP displays the autonomous situation and context surrounding the vehicle.

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As recently as CES 2012 an autonomous Lexus looked like it was equipped with a ton of roof scaffolding to carry its extra equipment. This Ioniq is proof that the autonomous vehicle is coming, and fast. 

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