Hyundai’s semi-autonomous “Highway Driving Assist 2” (HDA2) features will be making it to the market sooner than was previously thought, as the company has reportedly sped up its plans owing to the recent actions of various auto industry competitors.
The auto industry competitors in question include GM/Cadillac, Audi, and Tesla — probably amongst others.
As we reported previously, the upcoming model year of the Cadillac CT6 will feature the semi autonomous “Super Cruise” feature — allowing for essentially fully autonomous single-lane travel when on divided highways. Audi, in turn, will be including its Level 3 semi autonomous tech in the upcoming model year of the A8. This is also basically what Tesla Autopilot offers right now.
“The HDA2 system is properly considered a Level 2 autonomous feature, similar to Tesla’s Autopilot. The software handles speed and stops in highway driving conditions, and also handles changing to a crossroad, entering a junction, and merging onto a main road automatically when a driver indicates their intent to do so via their turn signal,” Tech Crunch notes.
“The introduction of HDA2 will ‘minimize intervention by drivers,’ according to Hyundai speaking to the Electronic Times. The tech ‘nears level 3 on freeways’ according to the company, and its introduction will help to achieve the carmaker’s goals of commercializing fully autonomous vehicles for consumers by 2022.”
We’ll keep you posted as we find out more about the real-world performance of the tech.
In related news, it’s probably worth noting here that it’s not just fellow auto manufacturers that are looking to bring self-driving vehicle tech to market within the near future. Companies such as Waymo/Google are working towards that goal as well.