Robotaxi from Motional and Hyundai Motor Group

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Robotaxi from Motional and Hyundai Motor Group

Motional and Hyundai Motor Group just unveiled the IONIQ 5-based robotaxi. The car is based on the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5, which launched earlier this year. The companies claim that the new robotaxi is an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle – this means, that it can safely operate without a driver. It’s a zero tailpipe-emissions robotaxi and represents the convergence of two transformative technologies in mobility: electrification and autonomy.
The IONIQ 5 robotaxi is also Motional’s first commercial vehicle and signals a pivotal milestone in the company’s roadmap. Motional plans to begin transporting public passengers in the IONIQ 5 robotaxi in 2023 through a partnership with Lyft.

Robotaxi from Motional and Hyundai Motor Group

Image: Motional/Hyundai

The American autonomous vehicle company Motional was founded in March 2020 as a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and auto supplier Aptiv. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, maintaining operations in Pittsburgh and Singapore.
The IONIQ 5 robotaxi’s sensor suite is displayed across the exterior, easily distinguishing it from human piloted vehicles. It has has more than 30 sensors – a combination of cameras, radars, and lidar – that provide robust 360-degree perception, high-resolution images, and ultra-long range detection of objects for safe autonomous operation in diverse driving environments. The robotaxi will be outfitted with Motional’s driverless technology, that enables the vehicle to safely navigate challenging and complex driving situations.

This robotaxi represents Motional’s vision of a driverless future becoming a reality,

said Motional President and CEO Karl Iagnemma.

Through our strategic partnership with Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, we have unparalleled automotive and software expertise across our entire vehicle development process. This deep collaboration enables us to manufacture a robotaxi that’s both highly safe and reliable, and is cost-optimized for global production. We’re focused on mass commercialization, and the IONIQ 5 robotaxi is built for that purpose.

Hyundai Motor has evolved its IONIQ 5, a battery electric vehicle built on its EV-dedicated platform, into a platform for fully autonomous vehicles,

said Woongjun Jang, Head of the Autonomous Driving Center at Hyundai Motor Group.

For the IONIQ 5-based robotaxi, we have applied various redundancy systems, in addition to a suite of essential technologies to ensure safety and convenience of the passengers. By successfully integrating the Group’s IONIQ 5 robotaxi with Motional’s autonomous driving technology, we are proud to announce that we have achieved another important milestone on the road to the commercialization of our robotaxi.

Motional and Hyundai Motor Group will debut the IONIQ 5 robotaxis for the first time publicly at IAA Mobility in Munich, September 7-12.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: Hyundai Motor Group

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