Aptiv, Hyundai team up to launch Motional and develop self-driving cars

After solidifying a partnership in March, tech provider Aptiv and vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group announced Tuesday a new name for their joint venture to develop and commercialize autonomous vehicles: Motional…

Motional is designing Level 4 autonomous vehicles, which means the human in the driver seat is not driving the car when the self-driving features are enabled and is not required to take over if something goes wrong.

The company plans to start testing this year and to make its driverless systems and supporting technology available to robotaxi providers and fleet operators in 2022.

Based in Boston, Motional also has offices in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Singapore and Seoul. In Pittsburgh, where Aptiv has been testing self-driving vehicles since 2013, the company is moving its headquarters from O’Hara to Hazelwood Green’s Mill 19.