The future of driving has begun.
The all-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 will soon go on sale and the South Korean automaker already has additional plans for its first from the ground-up pure battery-electric model. Last spring, we reported about Motional, the multi-billion dollar venture between Hyundai and Aptiv that aims to launch a driverless robotaxi in 2023.
And now we're getting our first look at that vehicle. This Ioniq 5-based robotaxi features Level 4 driverless technology, meaning a human safety driver is necessary as a precautionary measure. But the vehicle itself can safely operate sans driver. This emissions-free robotaxi is packed with advanced technologies, such as over 30 sensors consisting of a combination of cameras, radars, and lidar.
This creates a 360-degree view of high-resolution images and the capability to detect objects at long-range. You can see this new hardware in the included images but the EV hatchback remains largely untouched otherwise. No images of the interior have been released just yet, but Motional says occupants will benefit from "a spacious, comfortable place to work, relax, or socialize during their driverless ride."
A suite of interfaces will give passengers the ability to direct the robotaxi accordingly, such as making an unexpected but necessary stop somewhere. Flexibility is key. Concerned about safety in general? Don't be. The robotaxi will come equipped with plenty of advanced safety features and Motional's driverless technology has already been tested and proven.
Its machine learning systems, which have been trained on decades-worth of real world data, make it so that the vehicle can safely navigate an endless variety of complex driving situations.
"For the Ioniq 5-based robotaxi, we have applied various redundancy systems, in addition to a suite of essential technologies to ensure safety and convenience of the passengers," said Woongjun Jang, Hyundai's head of autonomous driving. "By successfully integrating the Group's Ioniq 5 robotaxi with Motional's autonomous driving technology, we are proud to announce that we have achieved another important milestone on the road to the commercialization of our robotaxi."
The Ioniq 5 robotaxi will make its live global debut next week at the Munich Motor Show in Germany. Additional details and, hopefully, a demonstration will be given there.