Hyundai Mobis kicks off testing of its autonomous car M.BILLY on the roads around the world. (Photo: Business Wire)

Hyundai Mobis  kicks off testing of its autonomous car M.BILLY on the roads around the world. The company now has three test cars, but will increase the number to over ten by the end of this year and increase engineers in the autonomous driving field more than 15% every year to put a concentrated effort into developing safe autonomous driving technology.

Hyundai Mobis announced that it will test its autonomous car model M.BILLY in Michigan, the U.S., from the middle of this month for level 3 and level 4 autonomous driving system development.

M.BILLY is the name of autonomous driving system test car developed by Hyundai Mobis. Its name is taken from the word ‘mobility’ from the technology development vision of Hyundai Mobis, ‘New Mobility Experience’. It is the representation of the company’s aspiration to grow into a global automotive supplier committed to developing the core technologies for future vehicles.

The test car, which is Kia K5 (Optima), is embedded with an autonomous driving system.

To conduct pilots and test the safety of an autonomous driving test car, the test will first take place on the proving ground (test track) very similar to public roads and real-world driving tests will follow afterwards. In 2016 Hyundai Mobis registered a special license plate (M-plate) for autonomous driving test car from the government of Michigan.

Hyundai Mobis will test M.BILLY in the U.S., Korea and Germany. The company will obtain a test license for autonomous driving in Korea next month, and in Germany in June. Once the license is issued, M.BILLY will undergo the same functionality and safety tests as in the U.S. and take a driving test on public roads in both Korea and Germany.

Thorough preparation is essential in order to ensure compliance with local laws given that each country has their own regulations on testing of autonomous vehicle. Germany adopted a law that sets a legal framework for autonomous driving cars in June and it requires cars with autonomous driving system must be equipped with a black box to record the journey underway.

The autonomous driving test car will be equipped with sensors originally developed by Hyundai Mobis. There will be eight different types of sensors including front-view camera (1), radar (5), lidar (1), ultrasonic sensor (12), surround view monitoring (SVM, 4) and total of 25 sensors. At the moment, M.BILLY only has front-view radar developed by Hyundai Mobis but the rest will be installed from the third quarter of this year in line with the development schedule.

Source: Hyundai Mobis