Hyundai achieves World’s First level 4 autonomous driving with Fuel Cell EV

South Korean car maker to commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021


For the first time in the world, Hyundai has achieved level 4 autonomous driving with fuel cell electric cars.

A fleet of Hyundai’s next generation fuel cell electric cars have succeeded in completing a self-driven 190 kilometers journey from Seoul to Pyeongchang.

So far, autonomous driving has been carried out at a limited speed on some sections of domestic roads, but this is the first time autonomous cars took such a long distance driving at 100 km/h-110 km/h, the maximum speed allowed by law on Korean highways.

Five Hyundai vehicles achieved this journey, of which three vehicles are based on South Korean car maker’s next-generation fuel cell electric SUV NEXO, scheduled to be released in Korea next month, and the other two are Genesis G80 autonomous vehicles.

All vehicles are backed with level 4 self-driving technology, as defined by the SAE international standards, and 5G network technology.

The NEXO fuel cell electric SUV can drive more than 600 km on a single charge that takes around 5 minutes. The model boasts world-class system efficiency of 60 percent, durability equivalent to internal combustion engine-driven vehicles and a load space of 839 liters. 

Utilizing the 5G network of KT Corp., a Korean mobile service provider, the vehicles deliver five new advanced information technologies that can be accessed through a user interface.

Rear seat passengers can use “Home Connect,” a car-to-home technology that enables the user to access and control IoT devices installed in their smart home.