Hyundai has announced a driverless car for public transportation called the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi. The Ioniq 5 will begin operations in 2023 with ‘Motional’ and a network of autonomous cars. Motional was founded in March last year and is based out of Boston, USA.
Ioniq 5 Robotaxi has level four autonomous technology, which means it can drive on its own in all situations unless a driver intervenes manually. According to Hyundai, the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi will be based on all-electric Ioniq 5 introduced earlier this year.
According to the carmaker, the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi is fitted with 30 exterior sensors, including radar and lidar, which will provide 360-degree vision and permit the car to detect objects at “ultra-long-range” as it moves. Whenever the vehicle encounters “an unusual road situation,” like construction or flooding, an operator will be able to remotely take control and steer it back to safety.
Motional’s Robotaxi represents its vision of a driverless future becoming a reality, said Karl Iagnemma, president and CEO of Motional. He added that the strategic partnership between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv has given them automotive and software expertise on a grand scale across our entire vehicle development process.
The official also added that through this deep collaboration, they are able to produce a Robotaxi that’s both highly reliable and safe, and is cost-optimised to meet global demands. The Ioniq 5 Robotaxi has been designed to meet the needs of mass-market customers.
Motional has announced it will begin transporting passengers via the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi in 2023, in partnership with Lyft, which claims to have completed hundreds of thousands of autonomous trips in Las Vegas. Motional has not confirmed where the Robotaxi will operate, but Motional promises it will be available in “multiple US markets”.
A new electric car from Hyundai, the Ioniq 5, was unveiled earlier this year with batteries offering 240 to 300 miles of range. The battery can be charged at up to 220 kW, with 80% of the battery filled in just 18 minutes for the larger battery model. Hyundai promises that more details about the Robotaxi will be revealed at the Munich Motor Show this week when the Robotaxi will be officially unveiled.
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The Hyundai i20 N Line finally launched in India yesterday, the company’s long-anticipated performance division. In addition to this, the Casper micro-SUV, which has also been revealed in production form, will mark the next major launch for the South Korean automaker.