Kia Soul

This Western State Allows Hyundai Tucsons and Kia Souls To Roam Around Without A Driver

If you're driving along this state's road and see Kia Soul or a Hyundai Tucson without a driver, don't panic.
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The Korean automakers have gotten the approval from the state of Nevada to begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. The vehicles that the two automakers will use for their testing will be running on alternative fuels; Hyundai will use the Tucson Fuel Cell while Kia will have the Soul EV.

"Thanks to this license we will be able to accelerate the testing of our new autonomous driving technologies that are currently in the early stages of development, with particular emphasis on our alternative powertrain vehicles," said Dr. Tae-Won Lim, Vice President of advance research and engineering for Hyundai Motor Group.

Both vehicles will be fitted with what the automakers call the Advance Driver Assistance System. This system is comprised of such technologies as Traffic Jam Assist which tracks the vehicle in front when in heavy traffic and Narrow Path Assist that provides fully-autonomous or guidance down a narrow road.

Hyundai and Kia are planning to launch partially-autonomous technologies into their vehicles by 2020. A decade on, the two automakers will introduce fully autonomous vehicles.


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