Singapore, Oct. 26 -- Hyundai is zooming onto the self-driving scene.

Following the leads of General Motors, Uber, Apple and others, the South Korean car-maker has just unveiled bold plans to invest in autonomous vehicles and other related systems.

Despite the late start, well-chosen partners and support from Seoul give it a fighting chance.

The race for dominance is well under way. Alphabet's Waymo and GM Cruise, backed by SoftBank Group's US$100 billion (S$136 billion) Vision Fund, already clocked up more than 25,000km of hands-free rides last year, according to a report last year by a California government agency.

Catching up will not be easy.

Unlisted parent company Hyundai Motor Group, effectively led by executive vice-chairm...