An autonomous driving future.

Autonomous cars of the future.

By 2030, we're predicting cars will drive themselves.

At Hyundai, we're already well on our way to developing them, with many of today's Hyundais featuring self-driving technology shown in Class 2 vehicles.

Class 0
Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4
Class 5

Class 0 - No automation.

The way we’ve been doing it all along – the driver (human) controls everything about the car.


Class 1 - Driver assistance.

The car functions are still largely controlled by the driver, but some specific functions can be done automatically by the car, such as maintaining the speed of the vehicle with cruise control.


Class 2 - Partial automation.

The vehicle offers at least one driver assistance system which uses information about the driving environment to automate the car. Many new Hyundais lead the way with up to 11 Hyundai SmartSense™ features providing autonomous features such as Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCAA), Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW), and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA).

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Class 3 - Conditional automation.

Drivers are still necessary in class 3 cars, but are able to completely shift safety-critical functions to the vehicle, under certain traffic or environmental conditions. It means that the driver is still present and will intervene if necessary, but is not required to monitor the situation in the same way they do for the previous classes.


Class 4 - High automation.

This is what is meant by "fully autonomous". Class 4 vehicles are designed to perform all safety - critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip. However, it's important to note that this is limited to the "operational design domain (ODD)" of the vehicle - meaning it does not cover every driving scenario.


Class 5 - Full automation.

This refers to a fully - autonomous system that expects the vehicle's performance to equal that of a human driver, in every driving scenario - including extreme environments like dirt roads that are unlikely to be navigated by driverless vehicles in the near future.


Our long-range NEXO.

NEXO delivers 666km range on a single charge, and is a Class 3 Fuel Cell Electric vehicle.

Defining an autonomous future.

As society makes this leap forward, experts see exciting change ahead. From less congestion on the roads as traffic lights connect with cars and change based on real-time data, to more time for leisure and work as commuters get some of their day back. Most importantly though, we can hope for fewer accidents caused by human error – with one report suggesting we’ll see an 80% reduction by 2040.

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Experience autonomous safety features with Santa Fe.

With up to 15 Hyundai SmartSense™ safety features, you're in safe hands on the road.

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