To produce a reliable vehicle, it takes a lot of intensive, arduous testing to ensure that the vehicle is ready for whatever it may face on the road. Hyundai, which produces models like the Sonata and Santa Fe on American soil, wants to ensure that the vehicles it sells on the U.S. market are ready for its specific driving conditions—especially if those vehicles are autonomous.
That’s why the automaker has forged a long-term partnership with the American Center for Mobility (ACM). This new $5 million investment in ACM will give the Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) the perfect test environment to continue evaluating and refining self-driving technology right here in the United States.
ACM’s proving ground in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, will serve as the front lines for Hyundai’s forthcoming connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology that it will hone for eventual integration into its future models. This will include sensor technology development, vehicle/infrastructure communication and severe condition testing.
“Hyundai’s investment supporting ACM strengthens our long-term commitment to the advancement of safety and mobility through automated vehicle technology,” explained Andy Freels, president of HATCI. “As a founding member [of the ACM facility team], we will help set the direction for CAV standards and test advanced technologies in a safe environment for the North American customer.”
The ACM facility’s location is ideal for Hyundai’s development of connected and autonomous safety ventures, as the neighboring campus offers a range of simulated driving environments and conditions. The fact that the site is in a remote, maintained location is an added benefit.
Hyundai has already been tinkering with autonomous technology in its various development facilities across the world, including a self-driving Ioniq and an ever-growing list of driver-assistance features on its current lineup. You can be sure that this partnership will only increase Hyundai’s involvement in future mobility.
This article is presented by Empire Hyundai in Fall River, Massachusetts.