You Can Now Book A "Driverless" Hyundai Uber In Las Vegas

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It's based on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV.

There are plenty of fun, car-related attractions in Las Vegas, but now we can add one more to the list: taking a taxi ride in a driverless vehicle. After announcing plans to launch driverless ride hail vehicles in the Sin City, UberX and Uber Comfort Electric customers can now book a Motional autonomous vehicle based on the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle.

"Today, Motional becomes the first AV company to conduct all-electric autonomous rides on the Uber network for public passengers," said Akshay Jaising, Motional Vice President of Commercialization. "It's a testament to our technology and the power of our partnership with Uber that we're able to go from concept to consumer in such a short time. Las Vegas is the first of many cities in which Motional's AVs will become an everyday transportation option for Uber customers looking for a safe and convenient ride."

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There are some caveats to consider when booking one of these "driverless" vehicles as your next Uber. For starters, the Ioniq 5 will still have a safety driver, but Motional expects them to be fully autonomous sometime in 2023. If one of these vehicles is available from the Uber fleet, customers will need to complete a final opt-in to confirm the ride.

The ride service is part of a 10-year commercial partnership between Motional and Uber, which should keep the former stable after some recent financial troubles. After launching the ride-share service Las Vegas, Motional plans to expand its offerings to Los Angeles, California. The autonomous Ioniq 5 is already deployed in LA for Uber Eats.

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"Motional has proven themselves to be an industry leader, steadily and safely progressing autonomous technology towards a driverless future," said Noah Zych, Global Head of Autonomous Mobility and Delivery at Uber. "We're thrilled to take this next step together in Las Vegas, and look forward to continuing to integrate autonomous technologies into the Uber network to grow our business by providing customers with additional reliable, affordable and effortless transportation and delivery options."

2023 looks to be a big year for autonomous vehicles, as GM's Cruise will expand into new markets. Meanwhile, Tesla promised it would have one million robotaxis on the road by 2020, but has not delivered any to-date.

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