Hyundai Launches Driverless Ride Hailing Service In Korea

This year, Hyundai announced it would be launching a driverless ride hailing service in Seoul, South Korea using its autonomous Ioniq 5, which is capable of Level 4 self-driving.


As part of the first RoboRide ride, the city's mayor and a city official were taken along a route in the Gangnam district, the only place where the service is currently available.


Hyundai's RoboRides, on the other hand, will always have a safety driver on board, unlike similar services in America that have already begun providing completely driverless rides.


Despite not specifying when the company will stop requiring a safety driver, the manufacturer says vehicles can accommodate up to three passengers and will be offered to company employees first.


Using a dedicated app called i.M, which works like the ones from Waymo or Cruise, customers will be able to hail a RoboRide in an autonomous Ioniq 5.


Jin Mobility, which developed the i.M platform, will use artificial intelligence for it. According to Woongjun Jang, Hyundai Motor Group's Senior Vice President.


Hyundai says that its biggest gain from all of this is getting these technologies to work well enough so it can eventually integrate them into its production vehicles, just like other companies.


Hyundai collaborated with the local government to make traffic lights in the area smart so they could communicate with self-driving vehicles, which is why the service only works in one district (out of 25 that make up the city).


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