Driverless technology leader in the global market, Motional has joined hands with Hyundai Motor Group. The partnership has spawned a new Motional’s next-generation Robotaxi based on the IONIQ 5 electric vehicle. The car will be called IONIQ 5 Robotaxi and comes with SAE Level 4 Autonomous Driving Technology. This means the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi can operate safely without a driver. The IONIQ 5 also comes with zero tailpipe emissions, blending the two most transformative technologies in mobility – Autonomy and Electrification.
Hyundai IONIQ 5 Robotaxi – Technology
The IONIQ 5 Robotaxi comes with an extensive array of sensors on the exterior of the vehicle. The sensor suite can easily distinguish the Robotaxi from human-piloted cars. The IONIQ 5 Robotaxi comes with 30 sensors. These sensors are a combination of Radars, Lidars and Cameras. The array of sensors provide a high-resolution 360-degree perception mapping around the vehicle. The sensors also ultra-long-range detection of objects for safe autonomous operation. The IONIQ 5 Robotaxi also has Motional’s advanced machine learning systems trained on decades of real-world data. This will enable the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi to navigate complex driving conditions safely.
Hyundai IONIQ 5 Robotaxi – Powertrain
The E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform) electric architecture underpins the Hyundai IONIQ 5 Robotaxi. The dedicated battery electric vehicle comes with different sizes of battery packs and electric motor combinations. With the 72.6 kWh battery, the car gets the most extended driving range. This range is about 480 km on a single charge according to the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) cycle. The IONIQ 5 will also come with spacious and comfortable interiors to relax, socialize or work during the driverless ride. The interface will also be rider-focussed so that the passengers can interact with the vehicle during the ride.
Hyundai IONIQ 5 Robotaxi – Launch Timeline
The IONIQ 5 Robotaxi will become Motional’s first commercial vehicle bringing a crucial moment in the company’s roadmap. The brand has revealed that the IONIQ 5 Robotaxi will make its public debut in 2023 in partnership with cab-hailing company ‘Lyft.’