CES 2017: Hyundai Ioniq Electric, As Good As Tesla Model S But Much Cheaper Self-Driving Car

Jan 05, 2017 02:41 PM EST | Ed Saludes

The prototype of the autonomous version of Hyundai Ioniq was just unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017. The tech trade show boasts of new car technologies including next-generation self-driving automobile systems. The Hyundai Ioniq was tested by several car-centric and tech websites. Let's see how it fares against the Tesla Model X.

Video blogger Bjorn Nyland was all praises for the Hyundai Ioniq Electric after taking it on a road test. Nyland is very popular on YouTube for uploading videos about road trips he has taken in his Tesla Model S and Model X EVs. His commitment to the electric car lifestyle is evident in his more EV reviews.

According to Nyland, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric will give the Tesla Model S a run for its money. He highlights Ioniq's price advantage, which will cost customers only one-third as much as the Tesla vehicle. Nyland tested the five-door hatchback by climbing hills and snow-covered roads.

According to Yahoo, Hyundai Ioniq is equipped with light detection and ranging sensors or LiDAR. These sensors allow the car to determine its location based on detailed mapping data. The LiDARs are installed on the car's front bumpers.

The Hyundai Ioniq's series of cameras can detect lanes, pedestrians, and other cars. These cameras work with a highly accurate GPS to enable the Ioniq to stay on course with an accuracy of 50 centimeters. The car can also make a right turn and can stop at red lights when needed.

Ioniq is designed to drive itself without the assistance of a human. The level 4 autonomous car can also slow down for other traffic and pedestrians. The LiDAR sensors make all these things possible, by providing the car an 180-degree view of the surroundings ahead.

The video below features blogger Bjorn Nyland's winter test of the Hyundai Ioniq electric car. Share your thoughts on the article in the comment section.

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