Hyundai Mobis: Autonomous Car ‘M.BILLY’ Ready to Hit the Road around the World

19-Apr-2018 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 8:00 PM Print This Post

- M.BILLY to undertake a level-3 autonomous driving test in the U.S.
this month and in Korea and Germany as well after license approval

Hyundai Mobis aiming to start the mass production of level-3 system
equipped with its originally developed sensors, including radar, camera
and lidar by 2022

- Aiming to put over 10 global autonomous
driving test cars on the road with 15% or higher increase in the number
of autonomous car engineers

SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AutomotiveHyundai
(KRX:012330) 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. Level 3 is
conditional automation, which requires driver involvement in certain
circumstances, while level 4 means high automation without driver

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

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

“We now have a total of three M.BILLYs, one in each region and we will
soon have over ten M.BILLYs, which is enough for a large-scale pilot. We
aim to mass produce level-3 highly automated driving system equipped
with our original sensors by 2022.” Hyundai Mobis ADAS Director Hwang
Jae-ho said.

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.

Hyundai Mobis focuses on the original development of sensors because the
sensor is the key technology for autonomous driving system, acting like
the human eye. It sees any person or car cutting in front of autonomous
vehicle running on public roads, and quickly and accurately determines
what is getting in the way – whether it is a box or rock. In other
words, the sensing capability is a critical enabler of safe autonomous

The safety of autonomous driving system is the reason that Hyundai Mobis
is taking the driving test to North America and Europe beyond Korea.

The quality of autonomous driving system capable of securing safety of
not only driver, but also passenger and other vehicles on the road
should be demonstrated in order to ensure that a vehicle equipped with
the autonomous driving system provided by Hyundai Mobis is readily
marketable, which requires a database of different driving conditions
and environments. Data enables the development of technologies essential
for safe autonomous driving through the modification and upgrade of old
systems, and improvement of sensor accuracy.

Hyundai Mobis plans to increase R&D investment to 10% of auto components
sales by 2021 in order to make a more concentrated effort on developing
the core technologies for future vehicles. Nearly 50% of all R&D
investment will be devoted to the study of ICT, including sensors for
autonomous driving. The company has 600 autonomous driving researchers,
and their number will increase by over 15% every year.

About Hyundai Mobis

Hyundai Mobis is a global tier-1 automotive supplier. It was established
in 1977, and is headquartered in Seoul, Korea. The corporate philosophy
is to become a lifetime partner with technologies for automobiles and

Hyundai Mobis currently employs over 30,000 people. Manufacturing
operations are in over 30 locations in 10 countries, including Korea,
China, and the U.S. Products include automotive modules (chassis,
cockpit and front-end), brakes, suspensions, airbags, lamps, and
automotive electronics. R&D headquarters are in Korea with 4 technical
centers worldwide, Germany, China, India, and the U.S.

Hyundai Mobis has mass-produced a great number of ADAS technologies and
green car components. For more information, please visit the website (


Hyundai Mobis
Choon Kee Hwang, +82-2-2018-5519
[email protected]


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