Hyundai develops machine-learning cruise-control technology

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Hyundai Motor Group has developed a smart cruise-control (SCC) system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to learn drivers’ habits and incorporate what it learns into the company’s advanced driver assistance system.

Instead of simply maintaining a set distance from the vehicle in front, or traveling at a constant speed on a highway, the new system collects data from its radar, onboard cameras and the driver’s inputs, and then sends this data to the car’s computer. The software uses artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) to identify patterns in acceleration, responsiveness and distance for all driving conditions.

When the computer has collected enough data, it can differentiate between 10,000 patterns, so it can take control of the vehicle autonomously as if the driver is still at the wheel. The system is even able to avoid learning dangerous habits, such as when a driver is following the vehicle in front too closely, or driving too aggressively for the conditions.

On the five-point scale of autonomous driving, the SCC-ML system helps Hyundai’s test vehicles achieve Level 2.5.

“The new SCC-ML improves on the intelligence of previous ADAS technologies to advance the practicality of semi-autonomous features,” said Woongjun Jang, VP at Hyundai Motor Group. “We’re continuing our development efforts on innovative AI technologies so that we lead the industry in the field of autonomous driving.”

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