Hyundai Motor develops 'industry-first' machine learning based smart cruise control technology

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : October 21, 2019, 13:16 | Updated : October 21, 2019, 13:16

[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]

SEOUL -- South Korea's Hyundai auto group announced the development of new smart cruise control technology, based on machine learning, that incorporates the driver’s patterns into self-driving behavior to create a custom experience. The technology will be used for Hyundai vehicles in the future.

Hyundai said in a statement on Monday that its technology is "an industry first" and incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) within the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) feature. "The new SCC-ML improves upon the intelligence of the previous ADAS technology to dramatically improve the practicality of semi-autonomous features," Hyundai Motor Group vice president Jang Woong-jun was quoted as saying.

Smart cruise control (SCC) enables an essential self-driving feature and core technology for ADAS, maintaining distance from the vehicle ahead while traveling at the speed selected by the driver. The driver manually adjusts driving patterns, and it's impossible to meticulously fine-tune the settings to accommodate the driver's individual preferences without machine learning technology.

For instance, even the same driver may accelerate differently depending on circumstances, but detailed fine-tuning was not available. When SCC was activated and the vehicle operated differently, drivers sense the difference, resulting in a reluctance to use the technology because it made them feel anxious and unstable.

However, Hyundai's SCC-ML technology combines AI and SCC into a system that learns the driver’s patterns and habits on its own. Hyundai said that through machine learning, it autonomously drives in an identical pattern as that of the driver as sensors constantly acquire driving information and send it to the centralized computer, which extracts relevant details to identify the driver's patterns with machine learning algorithm applied.

Driving pattern information is regularly updated with sensors, reflecting the driver's latest driving style. To increase reliability and safety, SCC-ML is programmed specifically to avoid learning unsafe driving patterns. With a highway driving assist system that assists automatic lane changes, SCC-ML achieves Level 2.5 self-driving.

Level 2 means the driver must monitor driving and be prepared to intervene immediately at any time if the automated system fails to respond properly. Contact between hand and wheel is often mandatory to confirm that the driver is ready to intervene.

Level 3 means the driver can safely turn their attention away from the driving tasks to text or watch a movie. The vehicle will handle situations that call for an immediate response, like emergency braking. The driver must still be prepared to intervene within some limited time, specified by the manufacturer when called upon by the vehicle to do so.

In a speech on October 15 at Hyundai's research and development center in Hwaseong, south of Seoul, President Moon Jae-in said South Korea should become the world's first in putting autonomous driving into commercial use on actual roads. Hyundai promised to invest 40 trillion won ($20.1 billion) in building an ecosystem of next-generation cars by 2025.
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