The 4th generation Genesis G90 was unveiled a week ago and despite that mainly all of the things we have predicted were right (5.0 V8 discontinuation, inclusion of air suspension, rear-wheel steering, etc…) but something was missing. We mean, the autonomous level 3 or LiDAR, which we already have seen in some prototypes. Now a service parts diagram confirmed that it will happen after all.
Those prototypes spotted several times showed a two-radar system installed in the front grille. But after Genesis revealed the full specs and information of its flagship, this feature was missing.
Recently, Mercedes have released this technology for its 1-year old S-Class. Level 3 autonomous driving regulations have allowed drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel. The name of this technology is Highway Driving Pilot or “HDP”.
HDP enables autonomous driving within a certain speed while driving on the highway and supports automatic lane change. Unlike the announcement at the beginning of the year, the new G90 has the same specifications as other Genesis models such as Highway Driving Assist 2 and Smart Cruise Control.
G90 prototype caught with two front radars
However, now is confirmed that HDP will be added in the future for the new G90 as the prototypes continues testing and the image that you can see above. The over-the-air software update (OTA) installed in the new G90 includes not only navigation updating capabilities, also electronic control systems such as the steering wheel or advanced driver assistance systems could be updated.
Back early 2021, Genesis announced that the future G90 will have this system when released in 2022. But as the mode was released finally at the end of 2021, maybe they keep this feature to be unveiled in the near future. As a note, despite Mercedes unveiled this technology on the new S-Class, this feature is limited to Germany and under some conditions as highway traffic jams and under 60 km/h limit.