Ioniq 5 robotaxi passes simulated driver's license test in support of mobility objective

Hyundai has released a campaign film showing the all-electric, self-driving Ioniq 5 robotaxi, developed by Hyundai’s autonomous driving technology partner Motional, successfully completing a simulated process similar to a U.S. driver’s license test.

Created to convey the developments made in the Ioniq 5 robotaxi’s autonomous technology, the video features a simulation of the Ioniq 5 robotaxi completing a series of public-level driving tests, including road driving in Las Vegas, U.S., demonstrating outstanding performance. This achievement underscores the Ioniq 5 robotaxi’s potential for reliability as well as the inclusivity of its autonomous vehicle technology, highlighting its potential to safely provide freedom of mobility to all.

Ioniq 5 robotaxi passes simulated driver's license test in support of mobility objective

The film starts with an interview with Pearl Outlaw, a visually impaired American woman, and her mother, Ruth. Pearl faces mobility limitations due to her condition, called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which hinders her from obtaining a driver’s license - an essential symbol of independence and freedom for many people.

Pearl’s story highlights everyday mobility challenges for the physically impaired, emphasizing the significance of autonomous driving technology in providing independence. Hyundai’s work in the area of autonomous vehicle technology can help fulfill her dream of independent mobility while offering the freedom to explore without reliance on others.

"I’m a DMV Certified Driving Examiner with 25 years of experience. In that time, I’ve failed thousands and thousands of students in the interest of public safety," said Kandice Jones, the examiner who tested the Ioniq 5 robotaxi. In the simulation of the driving test on a closed course, which was observed by Ms. Jones, the Ioniq 5 robotaxi excelled, impressing with its speed control, lane changes and maneuvering, its ability to accurately stop at a stop sign, perform left turns, and its reaction time to developing hazards.

Captured in the video of this driving simulation, the Ioniq 5 robotaxi effortlessly navigated the Las Vegas Strip, as well as the city’s suburban areas.

The Ioniq 5 robotaxi is the embodiment of transformative technologies in mobility coming together in one vehicle. It signifies the extensive collaboration between Hyundai and autonomous driving technology developer Motional, spanning years of development and rigorous testing of advanced automotive platforms and self-driving technology. As the testing of these platforms and self-driving technology continues, the Ioniq 5 robotaxi has thus far achieved consistent driving performance in various driving environments thanks to its suite of advanced sensors, combining LiDAR, radar and cameras.

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