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Hyundai and Plus collaborate on new autonomous hydrogen truck

The new hydrogen fuel cell truck combines Hyundai’s zero-emissions technology with Plus’ autonomous capabilities

Hyundai Motor has announced a new partnership with autonomous driving software company Plus to unveil the first level four autonomous class eight hydrogen fuel cell electric truck in the US.

The new truck was announced at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in the US, with Hyundai Motor’s XCIENT fuel cell truck to be equipped with Plus’ SuperDrive level four autonomous driving technology.

The truck is undergoing initial autonomous driving assessments in the US, making it the first level four self-driving test on a class eight fuel cell electric truck to take place in the country.

“We are excited to showcase our collaboration with Plus to test level four autonomous driving technology with our class8 eight XCIENT Fuel Cell truck,” Hyundai head of commercial vehicle development and executive vice president Martin Zeilinger says.

“Hyundai Motor has been driving the energy transition paradigm with our advanced fuel cell technologies. By adding autonomous capabilities to our world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered XCIENT fuel cell truck, Hyundai is looking forward to providing fleets and vehicle operators additional solutions that enhance road safety and freight efficiencies thanks to Plus’ industry-leading autonomous driving technology.”

The Hyundai XCIENT fuel cell truck was first introduced in 2020 and has already conducted commercial operations in eight countries worldwide.

Plus’ SuperDrive solution is currently being deployed across the US, Europe and Australia, using cutting-edge sensors to provide surround perception, planning, prediction and self-driving capabilities.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Hyundai Motor Company on this important initiative to create more sustainable and safe transportation options,” Plus co-founder and COO Shawn Kerrigan says.

“A decarbonised future with autonomous hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks that also improve safety and efficiency is one that Plus is proud to support with our cutting-edge autonomous driving technology.”

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