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Hyundai teaming up with autonomous driving venture Aurora

Startup led by Google alumnus seen helping speed development

A Hyundai autonomous vehicle at an international motor show in Geneva last March.   © Reuters

SEOUL/FRANKFURT -- Hyundai Motor aims to accelerate development efforts on highly automated vehicles under a new partnership with Silicon Valley startup Aurora.

Custom-developed Hyundais will be test-driven in "smart cities" equipped with advanced information technology infrastructure, toward the goal of rolling out so-called level 4 autonomous vehicles by 2021. One step below the fully automated level 5 vehicles in the hierarchy of auto engineers' association SAE International, level 4 vehicles can operate without human input or oversight under select conditions.

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