August 31, 2021
Motional, which develops driverless technology, and Hyundai Motor Group have unveiled the IONIQ 5-based robotaxi, the next generation robotaxi from Motional. Based on the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5, which launched earlier this year, the robotaxi is an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle that can safely operate without a driver.
The companies said the zero tailpipe-emissions vehicle represents the convergence of two transformative technologies in mobility – electrification and autonomy. The IONIC 5 robotaxi is Motional’s first commercial vehicle, and signals a pivotal milestone in the company’s road map. Motional said it will begin transporting public passengers in the vehicle in 2023, through a partnership with Lyft.
The IONIQ 5 robotaxi includes a technology-driven design that celebrates innovation behind the autonomous operation, the companies said. The vehicle’s sensor suite is prominently displayed across the exterior, distinguishing the robotaxi from human-piloted vehicles. The vehicle has more than 30 sensors, including cameras, radars, and lidar, which provide 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 integrated with Motional’s driverless technology, which includes advanced machine learning systems, trained on decades of real-world data, that enables the vehicle to safely navigate challenging and complex driving situations.
The interior of the robotaxi provides passengers with a spacious, comfortable place to work, relax or socialize during the driverless ride, the companies said. The interior will also feature a suite of rider-focused interfaces to allow passengers to interact with the vehicle during a ride, such as directing the robotaxi to make an extra stop. The companies said this passenger experience “will set a new standard for driverless ride-hailing.
The interior of the vehicle aims for comfort and intuitive interfaces for passengers.
More than 30 sensors provide 360-degree perception and long-range object recognition.
Motional plans to begin transporting public passengers in the IONIQ 5 robotaxi in 2023, through a partnership with Lyft.