Motional, the $4 billion joint venture between Aptiv and Hyundai, has chosen the Hyundai Ioniq 5 for its new autonomous ride-hailing service. The all-electric Ioniq 5 was chosen because it is a “convergence of mobility’s two most transformative technologies – electrification and autonomy.”
Beginning in 2023, customers in some markets will be able to book one of these autonomous robotaxis through the Lyft app, which will be fully integrated into Motional’s driverless system. Every modified Ioniq 5 will have the necessary hardware and software for Level 4 autonomy, such as lidar, radar, and cameras to provide a sensing system with 360 degrees of vision and the ability to see up to 300 meters away. Level 4 autonomy means a human being will not be required to handle driving.