September 01, 2021 13:02
Hyundai unveiled a self-driving robotaxi based on its Ioniq 5 electric car on Tuesday.
The robotaxi was developed jointly with autonomous-vehicle company Motional, a joint venture between Hyundai and U.S. mobility start-up Aptiv.
Hyundai plans to showcase it at the International Motor Show that kicks off next Tuesday in Munich.
The exterior has a rotating lidar and camera and radar sensors on the roof that enable it to "see" up to 300 m ahead in 360 degrees.
"A total of 31 sensors make the vehicle aware of its surroundings and support safe autonomous driving," the carmaker said in a press release. "It comes with extra systems for navigation, steering, braking and power supply, so if a main system fails, a backup system jumps in immediately."
Hyundai plans to launch a robotaxi service in major cities in the U.S. in 2023 along with ride-sharing app Lyft.
"Motional has conducted more than 100,000 self-driving rides without any accident or malfunction," it added.
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