Hyundai and their driverless mobility venture Motional have unveiled their new Ioniq 5 Robotaxi. Hyundai claims that Ioniq 5 robotaxi will be on the road in 2023 ready to take you to your destination without driver. With SAE Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle Ratings, Ioniq 5 will take taxis with robotic taxi drivers to things of the past.
Motional was formed in 2020 as a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv, a mobility solutions company. As a result of this collaboration, Hyundai’s financial strength is seen in the software and experience of Aptiv, who is currently driving a robot taxi in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fleet that operates in Las Vegas still has a driver who sits in the driver’s seat to inspect the car only in an emergency.
According to Hyundai, “Robotaxi has more than 30 sensors – a combination of camera, radar and leader – that provide powerful 360-degree perception, high-resolution imagery and ultra-long-range detection of objects for safe autonomous operation. Different driving environments. Robotaxity will be equipped with Motional’s proven driverless technology, which includes advanced machine learning systems – trained on decades of real-world data – that enable the car to safely navigate challenging and complex driving situations. “
As automakers continue to push for the future of electrification and driverless software solutions, we expect other automakers to push for the same. This unique plan to build and field a fleet of robot taxis was famously proposed by Elon Musk who promised that customers would eventually be able to use their Tesla as a revenue-generating robotic taxi. It looks like Hyundai could outperform Tesla in this promise with its purpose-built fleet of SAE Level 4 autonomous Ioniq 5 electric SUVs.