Hyundai Creates Machine Learning-Based Smart Cruise Control


Using a vehicle’s cruise control, be it on a motorcycle or a car, can be a bit of a startling experience for some, especially for the first few times. At the end of the day, we don’t all drive our vehicles in the same way and what can be just fine for some, might be the opposite for others.

So what’s the best way to feel more comfortable with cruise control? Hyundai thinks that, by bringing machine learning into the mix, it might make a difference. 

The company just announced that it has developed the world’a first Machine Learning based Smart Cruise Control (SCC-ML), which learns from the driver’s patterns and adds them into its own system to provide for a more personalized experience. 

The previous Smart Cruise Control generation, while it allowed for the driver to manually adjust acceleration or the distance between the vehicle ahead, it didn’t allow for any fine-tuning that would incorporate the driver’s other preferences and was dependent on  pre-determined settings. 

The Smart Cruise Control maintains proper distance from the vehicles ahead while at the same time continuing to drive at the speed the driver has selected. By combining it with artificial intelligence, it can now learn the driver’s style and driving habits by itself and implements that style onto the Smart Cruise Control. 

The information about the driver’s patterns is updated regularly with sensors, which will reflect on the latest driving style of the person behind the wheel. 

The new SCC-ML improves upon the intelligence of the previous ADAS technology to dramatically improve the practicality of semi-autonomous features,” Woongjun Jang, VP at Hyundai Motor Group said in a press release. “Hyundai Motor Group will continue the development efforts on innovative AI technologies to lead the industry in the field of autonomous driving.”

The technology incorporates artificial intelligence within the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature and it will be implemented into future Hyundai vehicles. Alongside the upcoming Highway Driving Assist system, which allows for automatic lane change assist, the SCC-ML will achieve a self-driving Level 2.5. 

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