Mando Corp., an affiliate of Halla Group specializing in car components, announced it has successfully tested Level 4 autonomous driving, advancing it closer to developing autonomous driving technology for commercial use.

Recently, Mando Chairman Chung Mong-Won, President Il-Hwan Tak, and related researchers rode in a vehicle, named Hockey, and successfully completed 2.7 km (1.7 mi) of autonomous driving at a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) on public roads in Pangyo.

Hockey, a car for which Mando obtained an autonomous driving testing permit from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport in 2017, performed left turns, right turns, and lane changes as well as driving on straight and curved roads without difficulty while receiving signals from front and corner radars, front cameras, and surround cameras, which were developed by Mando, and LiDAR.

The Pangyo demonstration section is considered extremely unfavorable for autonomous driving. The route has many illegally parked vehicles and a large amount of reflected sunlight from high-rise glass buildings.

Hockey also showed vehicle-object communication (V2X) technology while passing through crossroads by receiving and perceiving information such as crossroad signals in advance from telecom companies using vehicle-infra (V2I) communication technology, in particular, during the demonstration.

Managing Director Gyu-Sik Park, head of Mando Advanced-Development Center, said, "Mando has secured a perfect autonomous driving technology enabling safe driving even in congested downtown roads. We are going to achieve an autonomous driving commercialization level by reinforcing the AI technology by 2021 and by cooperating with domestic and overseas partners."

Mando began mass production of ADAS products in 2010 and succeeded in Level 2 autonomous driving commercialization, and is now spurring the development of Level 3 autonomous driving commercialization by aiming at mass production in 2021. In addition, the firm is supplying core component hardware such as radar/cameras/ultrasonic sensors as well as software such as autonomous driving algorithms to carmakers.