Hyundai, Kia team up with KAIST on self-driving car sensor

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp., South Korea’s two largest automakers, have joined hands with the nation’s top national research university to develop a next-generation autonomous driving sensor. The move comes despite recent setbacks in the driverless vehicle industry amid mounting losses and delays in commercial services.

Hyundai and Kia said on Wednesday they established a joint research center with KAIST, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, to focus on on-chip light detection and ranging (LiDAR).

The joint lab, with 30 engineers from Hyundai, Kia and KAIST’s School of Electrical Engineering aims to develop technology for small, high-performance on-chip sensor manufacturing and next-generation signal detection.

“The cooperation is expected to advance the era of fully autonomous driving,” Hyundai and Kia, the automaking units of Hyundai Motor Group, said in a joint statement.

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