Hyundai Mobis says it will test a self-driving vehicle in the US this year, with the aim to mass-produce a semi-autonomous car in 2022.

The components subsidiary of Hyundai-Kia Group said it plans to start test driving a vehicle named M.BILLY on the motorways of Michigan this year as the company obtained an approval to carry out the test from the local government in 2016.

The semi-autonomous vehicle to be tested in Michigan has a Level 3 rating, which requires a driver to control the car only in emergencies.

The company also plans to carry out the same motorway test for the Level 3 semi-autonomous car in South Korea and Germany.

Hyundai Mobis wants to increase its number of M.BILLY autonomous vehicles to ten this year.

The company also plans to increase the number of engineers in the autonomous vehicle R&D department by more than 15% by 2021 from the current 600.

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