Hyundai Motor Company has successfully conducted the company’s first platooning of trailer trucks using autonomous driving technology.
It carried out the trial using two trailer-connected Xcient fuel-cell trucks on South Korea’s Yeoju Smart Highway replicating real-world traffic conditions.
Hyundai says the demonstration successfully displayed the following technology: vehicle platooning, simultaneous emergency braking, and V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) communication tech.
Jihan Ryu, head of Hyundai Motor’s Commercial Vehicle Electronics Control Engineering Group, says: “We are confident that our industry leading autonomous driving technology in commercial vehicles showcased in this platooning truck demonstration will lead into a revolutionary paradigm shift in the freight and logistics industry.”
He adds: “We will strive to create constructive synergy by sharing our know-how and experiences of developing autonomous driving technology between commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle sectors to expedite level-5 autonomous driving technology.”
Yeoju Smart Highway is a 7.7km test-bed within the central region expressway established by the South Korean government for the development of autonomous driving technology.
In August 2018, Hyundai Motor, in partnership with Hyundai Glovis, completed South Korea’s first domestic highway journey with an autonomously navigated truck for approximately 40km on the highway between Uiwang and Incheon. The truck displayed Level-3 autonomous driving.