With Motional, Hyundai has unveiled the Ioniq 5, a driverless car that will be available for public transportation in 2023. Motional is a Boston-based driverless tech company that was founded in March of last year. The Ioniq 5 robotaxi boasts a level 4 autonomous capability. Lyft, a self-driving car service, will offer the service in 2023. Is set to be officially unveiled next week at the Munich Motor Show.
So, what’s the deal with the robotaxi?
In terms of autonomous technology, the Ioniq 5 robotaxi boasts level four autonomy, which means it can drive itself in any situation unless a driver takes manual control. On the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which debuted earlier this year, it’s based. The Ioniq 5 does not have any self-driving technology. In addition to cameras, radar and lidar sensors, the car is said to be equipped with 30 exterior sensors to provide 360-degree perception and the ability to detect objects at an “ultra-long-range” while in motion. According to Motional, an operator can remotely take control of the vehicle and guide it back to safety if it encounters “unusual road scenarios, such as road construction or flooding.”
Karl Iagnemma, president and CEO of Motional, said, “This robotaxi represents Motional’s vision of a driverless future becoming a reality.” Thanks to Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, we have unmatched automotive and software expertise throughout our entire vehicle development process. “
With such a close partnership, we can produce an extremely safe and reliable robotaxi that’s also cost-efficient for global production. To that end, the Ioniq 5 robotaxi has been developed.”
Hyundai Ioniq 5 robotaxi to be launched soon
According to Motional, the Ioniq 5 robotaxi will begin transporting passengers in 2023 via the self-driving service Lyft, which claims to have completed tens of thousands of autonomous trips in Las Vegas to date.. Motional has yet to confirm which US markets the robotaxi will serve.
An electric vehicle with a range of between 240 and 300 miles debuted earlier this year. Battery-powered models can charge at up to 220kW, bringing the cells from 10 percent to 80 percent full in just 18 minutes.
Seoul’s robotaxi will be officially unveiled next week at the Munich auto show, where Hyundai promises more details about the vehicle.
The Hyundai company in India
Hyundai launched its much-anticipated N performance division in India yesterday with the launch of the i20 N Line, the first model in the new division. South Korea’s automaker’s next major launch will be the Casper micro-SUV, which was also recently revealed in production form.