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Hyundai's new fuel cell SUV drives itself to Olympics

Car will make South Korean debut in March with limited automation

Hyundai's Nexo SUV drove itself about 250km to Pyeongchang on Monday.

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor sent a prototype of its new fuel cell vehicle on a roughly 250km autonomous drive Monday to the host city of this month's Winter Olympics, highlighting the South Korean automaker's stepped-up development of hydrogen-powered cars.

Hyundai equipped the Nexo SUV with an advanced autonomous-driving system for the test run, which began just outside Seoul and took the car to Pyeongchang. The system rates as level 4 under U.S.-based trade group SAE International's classification for autonomous vehicles, according to Hyundai, with level 5 regarded as full automation.

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