Pittsburgh’s autonomous vehicle sector has a new name to learn.
In March, Dublin-based tech company Aptiv merged its self-driving vehicle team, which operates in part out of Pittsburgh, in a joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group. On Tuesday, that joint venture, valued at $4 billion, officially launched its identity as Motional.
Motional, based in Boston, will continue to operate its Hazelwood Green office, previously part of Aptiv, according to Motional CEO Karl Iagnemma. He said the company, which currently has 220 employees in Pittsburgh, is hiring quickly.
Motional operates a closed course test track in Beaver County.
Iagnemma said the name of the joint venture comes from the combination of “motion” and “emotional.”