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Hyundai tested a convoy of self-driving trucks

Autonomous driving technology can significantlyaffect the future of the entire automotive industry. From delivery services and taxi services (which is already happening) to cargo transportation. We have repeatedly reported that a company has tested a drone truck. But the South Korean automaker Hyundai went the farthest and tested a whole convoy of self-driving heavy vehicles on the highway.

Unmanned trucks can already be combined into columns

How to create a self-driving car convoy

Allowing trucks to follow each other autonomouslyfriend in neat order, companies can get a number of advantages. For example, reducing traffic congestion, as well as potentially saving fuel and, consequently, reducing CO2 emissions. Like other similar developments, Hyundai Technology focuses on communication between vehicles called vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), which allows trucks in the convoy to “keep abreast” of things such as speed and exact position relative to each other on the road. And how do you feel about the rapid development of self-driving cars? Tell us about it in our chat in Telegram.

We are confident that our new improvement technologyThe quality of autonomous driving demonstrated in the latest test series will lead to revolutionary changes in transportation and logistics, ”said Cihan Ryu, head of the research group for the development of electronics for Hyundai Motor vehicles. We will strive not only to create workable technology, but also to synergy by sharing our know-how and experience in developing autonomous driving between other participants in the commercial and passenger transport sector in order to accelerate the implementation of autonomous driving technology.

If you return to the tests themselves, then they passedin the following way. According to the New Atlas publication, during a test in South Korea on a specially constructed highway with a length of 7.7 km, two autonomous Hyundai Xcient trucks were launched. The trucks were programmed so that a distance of 16.7 meters was maintained between them. One of the cars was the leading one, while the second received information from it and was closing.

If the car goes by itself, then you can relax

However, these conditions do not test runlimited. To simulate the conditions of a real road, other unmanned cars were launched on the highway, among which were both trucks and cars. Moreover, they had nothing to do with the motorcade in order to give technology the opportunity to "show themselves" in conditions as close as possible to reality. Naturally, for added safety, drivers were in the cab of the investigated trucks. But they did not have to take control. The race passed without incident and the cars themselves automatically reset and gained speed in order to maintain a distance of 16.7 meters between themselves.

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But a simple race, by the way, is not a testlimited. Among other things, in the conditions of the route, an emergency braking system was also tested in case of unforeseen situations, as well as the transmission of traffic data from one truck to another. The possibility of increasing the distance between cars in the event of wedging between trucks of other cars was also successfully tested. In particular, during the tests, if this started to happen, the “lagging” truck increased the distance to the front of the convoy participant to 25 meters.