IONIQ 5 set for fully driverless public taxi service

The IONIQ 5 robotaxi, based on Hyundai Motor Co.’s all-electric crossover, will launch its first fully driverless service for public passengers later this year, said the chief executive of Motional Inc., a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv PLC.

The robotaxi service with Level 4 self-driving capabilities will first be offered in Las Vegas.

At Level 4, a vehicle can drive itself under limited conditions and does not require safety operators in the front seat. It is just shy of Level 5, which enables fully automated driving.

“This is the year when Motional’s IONIQ 5 robotaxi goes fully driverless,” Motional CEO Karl Lagnemma told The Korea Economic Daily in a recent written interview.