Hyundai to use HD maps to field self-driving cars at 2018 Winter Olympics

South Korea’s biggest automaker Hyundai, is leveraging the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympics to demonstrate its latest self driving technology. For this, it has been keenly working with the South Korean Government. There are quiet a few challenges to accomplish this vision, of which one of the major challenges here would be the level of snow during this winter season. Snow can hinder the progressive response of sensors on these cars, but to counter these challenges Hyundai will use HD Maps, according to the latest news.

The maps that are deployed here, will have resolution with less than 10 cm margin of error. This has been deemed as the “world’s best” according to the company when it comes to these kinds of HD maps. It’ll help supplement the on-vehicle sensors, and the mapping itself is being done by Hyundai’s MNsoft subsicdiatiry, which is using LiDAR and radar to build a high-resolution point cloud of the area, which is supplemented by images captured by 4 cameras at a rate of 200 pictures per second.

Hyundai demonstrated its HD mapping tech this year at CES, using Ioniq hybrid cars that were meant to show how the automaker could bring autonomous tech to market with a vehicle that has fewer specialized sensors and could therefore be made affordably for everyday consumers.

The Olympics are shaping up to be a key demonstration event for forthcoming autonomous vehicle tech: Hyundai plans to show of its SAE Level 4 capabilities next year in Pyeongchang, and Toyota is also set to show off its own autonomous cars during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.