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Hyundai IONIQ 5 robotaxi: on the road to autonomous driving with Motional

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Motional and Hyundai Motor Group unveil robotaxi based on Hyundai IONIQ 5, Motional’s next-generation robotaxi.

Based on the 100% electric Hyundai IONIQ 5, released worldwide earlier this year, the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi is a tier 4 autonomous vehicle, operated safely without driver. It is an emission-free robotaxi and represents the combination of two technologies, the most transformative in mobility – electrification and autonomy. The combination of these technologies makes transport safer, smarter and more sustainable.

The IONIQ 5 Robotaxi is Motional’s first commercial vehicle and marks a key milestone in the company’s strategy. Motional will begin public passenger transport on the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi in 2023 through a partnership with Lyft.


IONIQ 5 Robotaxi

The IONIQ 5 Robotaxi integrates a design technology-oriented, which celebrates the innovation behind autonomous operation. The vehicle’s set of sensors are mostly on the outside, distinguishing the robotaxi from a conventional vehicle. The robotaxi has more than 30 sensors – a combination of cameras, radars and to lead – which provides 360° perception, high-resolution images and long-range object detection for safe autonomous operation in diverse driving situations.

The robotaxi will be equipped with Motional’s proven autonomous driving technology, which includes driving systems. machine learning advanced – built on decades of real data – that allow the vehicle to operate safely in challenging and complex driving situations.

Based on the Global-Electric Modular Platform (E-GMP), Hyundai Motor Group’s exclusive electric vehicle platform, the interior of the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi provides passengers with a spacious and comfortable cabin to work, relax or socialize while driving autonomous.

The interior will also integrate a set of passenger-centric features, which will allow them to intuitively interact with the vehicle during their journey, such as, for example, redirecting the robotaxi to make an additional stop. The result of this passenger experience will set new standards for autonomous driving for transport and goods.


Vehicle development

Designed from the ground up to be operated entirely in autonomous driving, the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi was created through a partnership between Motional and the Hyundai Motor Group. The two companies worked together throughout development, with each party providing critical expertise: Motional in autonomous driving technology and Hyundai in global vehicle research and development and production capabilities.

The end result is a seamless integration between the vehicle’s configuration and bodywork, with the hardware and autonomy working in concert for highly advanced, safe and capable autonomous driving operation. The IONIQ 5 Robotaxi is built on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP, for ultra-fast charging and long range, allowing maximum utilization of Motional’s robotaxis fleet. The IONIQ 5 Robotaxi integrates the Group’s advanced safety and reliability, uniquely positioning it for an effective marketing price.

“This robotaxi represents Motional’s vision of making self-driving a future a reality,” said President and CEO Karl Iagnemma. “Through our strategic partnership with Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, we have automotive expertise and software unrivaled throughout our vehicle development process. This collaboration allowed us to produce a highly safe and reliable robotaxi, with an optimized price for global production. We are focused on mass marketing and the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi was built for that purpose.”

Motional and Hyundai Motor Group’s attention to passenger safety and comfort is evident throughout the vehicle. There are safety redundancies in all equipment, such as navigation, steering, braking and power, for safe and quiet driving. Motional also offers Remote Vehicle Assistance (RVA) if the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi encounters an unusual scenario, such as under construction or flooded roads. If so, a Motional remote operator can immediately connect to the vehicle and redirect it to a new path.


“Hyundai Motor has evolved its Hyundai IONIQ 5, an electric vehicle built on a dedicated EV platform, into a new platform for fully autonomous vehicles,” said Woongjun Jang, Director of Autonomous Driving Center at Hyundai Motor Group. “For the robotaxi based on the IONIQ 5 we apply several system redundancies, in addition to a set of essential technologies to ensure safety and comfort for passengers. By successfully integrating the Group’s IONIQ 5 Robotaxi with Motional’s autonomous driving technology, we are proud to announce that we have reached an important milestone on the way to commercialize our robotaxi.”.

Motional, formed in March 2020 in a joint venture focused on autonomous driving with the Hyundai Motor Group, one of the world’s largest car manufacturers to offer intelligent mobility solutions, and with Aptiv, the global technology industry leader in advanced safety, electrification and connectivity. Motional was created to advance the development and marketing of autonomous vehicles with better performance and safety.

Motional’s team has decades of knowledge in autonomous driving technology and unrivaled experience in operating robotaxis for commercial services. The company has moved hundreds of thousands of consumers through its self-driving service on the Lyft network in Las Vegas, the most established fleet of robotaxis in the world, and is the only one in the industry to partner with two major freight and transportation services companies: Lyft and Via. It is with this invaluable experience that Motional starts the new phase of commercialization, with the launch of an autonomous driving service on the Lyft network starting in 2023. The IONIQ 5 Robotaxis will be made available to several markets in the United States, marking a point of turning to autonomous driving technology and laying the foundations for making robotaxis a reality.

Motional and Hyundai Motor Group will unveil the IONIQ 5 Robotaxis for the first time in public at IAA Mobility in Munich, September 7-12. The Group is excited to share more information during its exhibition at the event.

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