From the “don’t try this at home” files comes this promotional video for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. In the clip, a group of 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedans travels together at speed — without anyone behind the wheel.
To perform the daring stunt, Hyundai enlisted stunt drivers and set them loose on its California Proving Ground in the Mojave Desert. The trick is possible because all of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedans featured have both adaptive cruise control, which adjusts the car’s speed to follow another vehicle, and lane-keep assist, which steers the Genesis to keep it within lane markers. While we wouldn’t recommend anybody attempt it on a public road, the video shows that the two systems effectively allow the Hyundai to drive itself.
For the stunt, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedans line up behind a car piloted by a real driver. Each stunt driver sets the car’s adaptive cruise control and engages the lane-keep assist, before exiting through the sunroof and jumping onto a truck driving alongside the sedans. Just as planned, the luxury sedans continue driving and following the curve of the test track’s road without a hitch. To bring it all to a halt, the lead driver slows his car, and the other Hyundais’ automatic emergency braking system automatically applies the cars’ brakes to stop.
Hyundai notes that for the stunt, the lane-keep assist was modified so it never turns off; in a production car, the system disables itself if the driver takes his or her hands off the steering wheel for too long.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis isn’t the only car to offer lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control, but this clip is a dramatic way to demonstrate the abilities of those systems. For the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, adaptive cruise and lane-keep assist are options on the base 3.8-liter V-6 model, which starts at $38,590, and standard on versions with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine, starting from $52,450.
Check out the self-driving car stunt for yourself below.