Autonomous Vehicle

Motional IONIQ 5 robotaxi production begins

Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) and Motional launched Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore (HMGICS) and announced that Hyundai and Motional’s are to jointly developed all-electric IONIQ 5 robotaxi, which will be manufactured at HMGICS. Motional will deploy the first production-ready IONIQ 5 robotaxis as part of its commercial services in the U.S. They will start operating in 2024.

Additionally, Motional and the Group revealed today that the IONIQ 5 robotaxi is one of the first SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles (AVs) to be certified under the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The certification is a testament to the vehicle’s incredibly thorough development and testing program, its safety and reliability, and the sophistication of the autonomous technology, according to Motional President and CEO Karl Lagnemma. 

“HMGICS is a vision for transportation innovation,” Lagnemma said. “We’re enormously proud to have the IONIQ 5 robotaxi manufactured at this facility. Moreover, we look forward to introducing the world to some of the first-ever FMVSS-certified autonomous vehicles. Through the strength of our collaboration with Hyundai, we were able to develop an industry-leading robotaxi. It also meets rigorous federal standards and is ready for mass commercialization.”

Commenting on HMGICS’ role in bringing the IONIQ 5 robotaxi from development to production reality, CEO of HMGICS, Hong Bum Jung, said: “HMGICS stands as Hyundai Motor Group’s first global innovation hub and global test bed for future mobility. Our mission at HMGICS is to revolutionize the mobility value chain. We aim to achieve this by developing and producing advanced and diverse forms of future mobility solutions. Furthermore, commencing production of the IONIQ 5 robotaxi in collaboration with Motional. We commit to continuously innovating and aspire to lead the paradigm shift in the future of mobility.”  

HMGICS combines advanced automation and real-time monitoring and data evaluation to push the boundaries of what’s possible in production. It also has advanced features tailored to HMGICS for supporting AV production, including testing facilities and a calibration center. Motional has deployed a team on-site to assist with production. Moreover, the employees are located at the Autonomous Vehicle Integration Center. They will perform critical diagnostics, software development, calibration, and validation tasks. This is to ensure that finished examples of the IONIQ 5 robotaxi meet exacting specifications and are ready for deployment.

Motional and the Group have been preparing for the production of the breakthrough IONIQ 5 robotaxi for several years. Furthermore, this encompasses the development of a limited series of prototype vehicles, which experts have tested in the U.S. and Singapore for over a year. The initial fleet of IONIQ 5 robotaxis recently completed a series of evaluations. Moreover, designed these evaluations to demonstrate the quality, performance, and maturity of the robotaxi and its autonomous driving technology. Commercial production of the IONIQ 5 robotaxi is underway, and the first models have already arrived at Motional’s facility in the U.S. The vehicles are undergoing Motional’s rigorous testing and safety validation processes before beginning commercial service in 2024.

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