Motional & Hyundai Motor Group Unveil New IONIQ 5 Robotaxi

Motional recently revealed its next-gen robotaxi and its first fully driverless commercial vehicle: the Hyundai IONIQ 5 Robotaxi. Unlike the traditional Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV unveiled earlier this year, Motional’s self-driving taxi is an SAE Level 4 autonomous electric vehicle equipped with a combination of cameras, radar, and LiDAR sensors that provides 360-degree vehicle and […]

Motional & Eversource Announce AV Pilot Program for Energy Infrastructure Monitoring

Motional has partnered with Eversource to launch a pilot program where autonomous vehicles will monitor energy infrastructure and support ongoing maintenance. The new program was inspired by Motional’s desire to have its technology serve beyond just automotive for the purpose of enriching the local communities in which the company and its partners operate. “The potential […]

Hyundai IONIQ 5 to Serve as Motional’s Next-Generation Robotaxi

Motional has announced that the Hyundai IONIQ 5, an all-electric crossover, will serve as its next-generation robotaxi. This most recent news follows a December 2020 announcement from Motional and Lyft. Together, the companies revealed plans to launch the world’s largest robotaxi deployment partnership. According to Motional and Lyft, the forthcoming ridesharing network has the potential […]

Motional Selects Ambarella’s CVflow AI Vision Processors for its Driverless Vehicles

Motional has selected Ambarella’s CVflow family of AI processors for its driverless vehicle fleet. The Ambarella processors work with Motional’s network of LiDAR, camera, and radar sensors to enable safe vehicle operation in diverse and challenging road conditions, including low-light and high-contrast situations. The announcement comes as Motional continues to ramp up its operations, most […]

Motional Goes Fully Driverless Following Inaugural Testing In Las Vegas

Motional is the latest company to bring driverless cars to U.S. roadways. This month (February 2021), Motional conducted inaugural testing in Las Vegas which consisted of multiple self-driving vehicles. The company reports those cars safely navigated intersections, unprotected turns, and interactions with other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists. External Review Process Motional’s driverless operation […]

Motional & Cox Automotive Partner for Driverless Fleet Services

Driver technology leader Motional announced a partnership with Cox Automotive’s Pivet, that begins with Motional’s self-driving Las Vegas fleet. The agreement allows Pivet to coordinate daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning and disinfection and mechanical work for the Sin City fleet. Motional reports the support from Cox will enable it to focus on customers and new […]

Motional & Lyft Drive Toward New Multimarket Robotaxi Service

Motional just keeps moving ahead. This time, they’ve again partnered with Lyft to launch a multimarket robotaxi service in major U.S. cities, beginning in 2023.  The company notes this agreement is the largest robotaxi deployment partnership for a major ridesharing network.  Ongoing Partnership As we previously reported, the two companies joined forces in Las Vegas […]

Motional Earns “Driverless License” In Nevada

Motional has announced that the state of Nevada has granted the company the ability to operate in a fully driverless capacity. In a recent blog post, Karl Iagnemma, Motional’s CEO, explains that the company will embark on a comprehensive testing and assessment period with a leading safety accessor on both public and private roads. “This process […]

Motional & Lyft Resume Self-Driving Mobility Service in Las Vegas

Motional and Lyft have resumed their self-driving mobility service in Las Vegas, Nevada. The publicly-available autonomous fleet, which was suspended earlier this year because of COVID-19, consists of Motional’s robotaxis operating on the Lyft network. As the service resumes, Motional and Lyft have taken additional safety precautions. “Motional and Lyft share a commitment to rider […]

Motional & SiaSearch Sign Partnership to Make nuScenes Public Dataset More Accessible

SiaSearch, a Berlin-based automated driving data handling platform, has partnered with Motional to provide engineers enhanced access to the nuScenes dataset. Then uScenes public dataset, which Motional debuted in 2019, teaches autonomous vehicles how to navigate changing road environments. Earlier this year, Motional announced an expansion for nuScenes that now includes 1.4 billion annotated LiDAR points and […]