Hyundai, Motional Unveil IONIQ 5 Robotaxi

IONIQ5 Robotaxi 400x275

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.

Additional images:

IONIQ 5 interior

The interior of the vehicle aims for comfort and intuitive interfaces for passengers.

ioniq 5 side

More than 30 sensors provide 360-degree perception and long-range object recognition.

ioniq 5 side2

Motional plans to begin transporting public passengers in the IONIQ 5 robotaxi in 2023, through a partnership with Lyft.

 


Robotics World News

  • Raise Robotics Raises $2.2M in Seed Round Funding

    Raise Robotics Raises $2.2M in Seed Round Funding

    Raise Robotics, which develops robotic equipment for construction sites, has announced it raised $2.2 million in a pre-seed funding round (reported by Construction Dive). The company is currently providing fenestration and mass timber contractors with semi-autonomous equipment that completes bracket layout, installment and verification four times faster than standard methods. “Our mission at Raise is… Read More…

  • Scythe Robotics Raises $42M for Commercial Autonomous Mower

    Scythe Robotics Raises $42M for Commercial Autonomous Mower

    Colorado-based Scythe Robotics, which develops advanced commercial-grade autonomous systems for professional landscapers, has announced it raised $42 million in Series B funding. The company said it will use the funding to help meet demand for more than 7,500 reservations for its fully electric, fully autonomous M.52 mower. With the latest financing, Scythe Robotics has raised… Read More…


Products for Robots & Cobots

  • Celera Motion Introduces the World’s Smallest Servo Drives

    Celera Motion Introduces the World’s Smallest Servo Drives

    Celera Motion, a business unit of Novanta Inc., announced the launch of two of the world’s smallest servo drives, the Denali Series. Denali is the latest addition to Celera Motion’s line of premium-performance Ingenia servo drives. Denali offers hardware architecture as well as optimized power management, with a minimum standby power consumption of down to 1.2 W. The servo drives… Read More…

  • Heiland Electronics Introduces Mini I/O Connectors for Fast Speeds and Easy Field Installs

    Heiland Electronics Introduces Mini I/O Connectors for Fast Speeds and Easy Field Installs

    Heilind Electronics, a leading global distributor of electronic components and authorized distributor for TE Connectivity, offers the Mini I/O Cat6A connector as part of its full line of TE ethernet products. TE Industrial’s Mini I/O connectors eliminate the need for special tools to create a fast and secure wire-to-wire or wire-to-board connection. The mini I/O… Read More…