Hyundai's Ioniq 5 upgraded electric car will be the first commercial Motional robotaxi
Motional, a self-driving electric vehicle joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv, has chosen the basis for its first commercial robotic taxi. Quite predictably, it turned out to be an electric car Hyundai. More precisely, the Ioniq 5. Of course, the car will receive all the equipment necessary for self-driving, including cameras, lidar, and radar. In addition, interface elements will be added to the cabin, allowing passengers to, for example, request an additional stop or perform other actions.
The machine is designed with safety reserves to keep critical systems running. Motional can also use the remote control in case the robotaxi cannot cope with the situation on its own. This is necessary because the taxi will be a Level 4 unmanned vehicle, which by definition does not provide full autonomy.
The Ioniq 5 drone is expected to enter service in 2023 through a partnership between Motional and Lyft.