The autonomous driving joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv PLC unveiled its official name and brand identity: Motional. Launched virtually to its employees around the world, the self-driving pioneer will be making driverless vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.
The joint venture was established in March 2020 to advance the development and commercialization of the world’s highest-performing and safest autonomous vehicles.
Motional is developing SAE Level 4 vehicles – autonomous vehicles that will perform all driving tasks. Motional will begin testing fully driverless systems in 2020, and its driverless systems and supporting technology will be available for robotaxi providers and fleet operators in 2022.
Motional is led by driverless technology pioneers who participated in the historic DARPA Grand Challenge, and founded nuTonomy and Ottomatika. The Motional team was behind some of the industry’s largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S., the launch of the world’s first robotaxi pilot (Singapore; 2016), and operation of the world’s most-established public robotaxi fleet (Las Vegas; 2018 – present). That fleet has provided over 100,000 rides, with 98% of riders rating their experience five-out-of-five stars.
Motional is based in Boston, with teams in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Singapore, and Seoul. The newest office in Seoul, will serve as a key technology hub and testing location.