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Hyundai Ioniq 5-Electric Robotaxi Gets Revealed by Hyundai and Motional

The robotaxi will be accessible to customers in 2023 through the Lyft app.

Motional and Hyundai have unveiled the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi, a next-generation robotaxi. The Ioniq 5 robotaxi is an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle based on the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5. It can be safely driven without a driver. The Ioniq 5 robotaxi, which sits at the intersection of electrification and autonomy, is expected to make transportation smarter, safer, and more sustainable. Motional is a Boston-based developer specialized in autonomous driving technologies and is a Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv joint venture. The former is well-known as the manufacturer of the future Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV, whereas the latter focuses on improved safety, electrification, and vehicle connectivity. Motional will then collaborate with Lyft on the service’s commercial debut, similar to how Aptiv collaborated with Lyft on its self-driving car testing drives around the Las Vegas Strip.

The Hyundai-built vehicle is equipped with Motional’s autonomous vehicle technology, which includes a suite of over 30 sensors that are visible throughout the interior and exterior, including lidar, radar, and cameras. According to Motional, that sensing technology delivers 360-degree vision and can see up to 300 meters away. Motional’s driverless technology, including advanced machine learning systems trained on decades of real-world data, will be featured on the Ioniq 5 robotaxi. This technology allows the vehicle to safely navigate complex driving situations. 

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the company’s first vehicle built on its dedicated battery electric vehicle platform, the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). An 800-volt electrical system is installed in both the consumer and robotaxi versions of the car. This higher voltage system can deliver the same amount of energy as a 400-volt system while using less current. The 800-volt system, which debuted in the all-electric Porsche Taycan, is lighter, more efficient, and allows for faster charging. Motional’s robotaxi service will profit from the fast-charging rate.

During their driverless trip, customers will have a big, pleasant space to work, relax, or interact inside the Ioniq 5 robotaxi. Several rider-focused interfaces will be available in the cabin, allowing passengers to engage with the vehicle while on board. For instance, they will be able to direct the robotaxi to make an additional stop. Additionally, if the Ioniq 5 robotaxi encounter a peculiar road circumstance, such as road construction or flooding, Motional will provide Remote Vehicle Assistance (RVA). In this case, a Motional operator will connect to the vehicle remotely and direct it to an alternative path.

Written by: Mishaal Muzaffar

Reporter: Imaaz Nadeem

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