The press service of the taxi service said that Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric crossovers equipped with an autonomous control system appeared in the Uber fleet. “In some parts of America, it will soon be possible to order an unmanned Uber,” the published document says.
Motional has made great strides in the field of driverless taxis: a Hyundai-owned company is partnering with Uber to provide driverless taxi services in cities across America. The agreement between these companies provides for the operation of Hyundai Ioniq 5 autonomous taxis from Motional in the Uber network, and it is expected that the first trips will begin at the end of this year.
“Both companies consider this type of transport as a safe, convenient, and affordable way to travel around the city.”
“This agreement will facilitate the large-scale implementation of Robotaxi… Motional now have unprecedented access to millions of drivers and a researched roadmap that will expand significantly over the next ten years. Travel and delivery to life in cities across the U.S.” said Motivational CEO Carl Yagnemma.
Uber and Motional have previously collaborated in the field of deliveries. Earlier this year, Motional began delivering driverless meals to Uber Eats users in California. Customers reacted positively, prompting companies to expand offline service to more restaurants.
But food delivery is a completely different story than passenger transportation. Although the autonomous technology implemented in the electric crossover shows itself well, there are still some shortcomings that need to be addressed. Another Cruise company ran into several problems this year, and the company made headlines when one of its cars was involved in a car accident.
However, Motional is no stranger to this fast-growing “autonomous transportation” sector. In August, the company announced that it would offer driverless taxi services in Las Vegas through the Lyft platform. While the vehicle is moving independently, in this case the two safety operators are still in standby mode.