Hyundai Motor stated on Tuesday it is concerned about developing autonomous vehicles due to the safety concerns after an Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman in the United States.
The accident associated with the U.S. technology firm’s car in Arizona marked the first death connected to an autonomous vehicle and a possible blow to the technology anticipated to transform transportation.
Yoon Sung-hoon, a director at Hyundai Motor, stated safety concerns are a huge cause in the development of autonomous cars, and because of it the South Korean automaker is “cautious about mass producing self-driving cars.”
“When we checked other companies vehicles, they had more relaxed safety standards,” he informed reporters, adding that Hyundai is taking more time than competitors to develop autonomous technology to assure safety.
“No one knows under what situation accidents will take place.”
Hyundai, which has been slow in presenting it’s self-driving cars, has stated it plans commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles – which can run without human input or oversight under select conditions – by 2021.