Hyundai has a bit of catching up to do when it comes to autonomous vehicles and self-driving technology. Now, it seems the Korean automaker has made its first major move to pull the slack from its line.
Reuters reports Hyundai has hired on Lee Jin-woo, a former leading General Motors researcher for autonomous vehicle technology and development. Jin-woo will board Hyundai to now lead the automaker’s Intelligent Safety Technology Center – a combined research body for Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors, according to the report.
“The new center will not only enhance existing Advanced Drive Assistance System technologies but also conduct research into artificial intelligence related self-driving car technologies with the aim of commercializing those technologies,” Hyundai Motor said in a statement on Monday.
Compared to GM, Hyundai has yet to make major advancements in the autonomous driving realm. GM recently acquired Cruise Automation for $1 billion to accelerate the development of its self-driving vehicle programs. GM currently tests autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs in Californa, Arizona and Michigan on public roads.