Hyundai and Motional Unveil IONIQ 5 Robotaxi

Hyundai has partnered with driverless technology company Motional to create a robotaxi based on Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 midsize electric SUV.

The IONIQ 5 robotaxi is an SAE Level 4 (fully self-driving in certain areas and locations) and uses more than 30 sensors – a combination of cameras, radars, and lidar – that provide 360-degree perception, high-resolution images, and ultra-long range detection of objects. The robotaxi will be outfitted with Motional’s driverless technology, which includes advanced machine learning systems that the company says enables the vehicle to safely navigate challenging and complex driving situations.

The IONIQ 5 is built on the Hyundai’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) – the company’s dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform – and will feature a suite of rider-focused interfaces to allow passengers to interact with the vehicle during their ride, such as directing the robotaxi to make an extra stop.

Hyundai and Motional say there are safety redundancies across every function, such as the navigation, steering, braking, and power. Motional also says it will be able to provide Remote Vehicle Assistance (RVA) to the robotaxis should they encounter an unusual road scenario, such as road construction or flooding. In such an event, a remote Motional operator could instantly connect to the vehicle and direct it to a new path.

Motional and Hyundai Motor Group will debut the IONIQ 5 robotaxis at the IAA Mobility event in Munich, Germany, this month.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (September 2021) 

15 September 2021

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