Hyundai's AI-based Autonomous IONIQ 5 Robotaxi Successfully Passes Driver’s License Test

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 robotaxi has recently made headlines by successfully completing a process akin to a U.S. driver's license test. This achievement showcases the vehicle's advanced autonomous driving capabilities and marks a significant step towards the future of mobility.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 robotaxi is an innovative autonomous vehicle designed to provide safe and convenient public ride-hailing services. It's a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, which means it can operate safely without a driver under certain conditions. This robotaxi is a collaboration between Hyundai Motor Company's automotive R&D and Motional's driverless technology, combining electrification and autonomy.

The robotaxi met all the necessary evaluation criteria to earn its license, demonstrating 'uncompromised safety' in the process. This event not only highlights Hyundai's technological prowess but also its commitment to creating accessible and inclusive mobility solutions.

In the driving test, conducted by the highly experienced professional examiner, 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, 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 Motor Group and autonomous driving technology developer Motional, spanning years of development and rigorous testing of advanced automotive platforms and self-driving technology. The IONIQ 5 robotaxi achieves consistent driving performance in various driving environments thanks to its suite of advanced sensors, combining LiDAR, radar and cameras.

The video features 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 reliability as well as the inclusivity of its autonomous vehicle technology, highlighting its potential to safely provide freedom of mobility to all.

The film ‘Hyundai gets its driver's license’ can be seen on Hyundai Motor Company’s official YouTube channel.

"As a company that pursues freedom of mobility, we at Hyundai aim to exhibit the safety and trustworthiness of the IONIQ 5 robotaxi through this campaign,” said Sungwon Jee, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company. “We will continue our efforts to communicate our AI-based autonomous driving technology, which is set to provide positive changes to our customers’ everyday lives.”

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 robotaxi stands out in the autonomous vehicle landscape for several reasons:

Level of Autonomy: It is an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle, meaning it can operate without a driver under certain conditions¹.

Electrification: The IONIQ 5 robotaxi is fully electric, aligning with the push towards sustainable transportation¹.

Safety and Accessibility: It emphasizes safety and aims to provide more accessible transportation options, potentially improving mobility for a broader range of users. 

Design: The design is based on Hyundai's Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), offering a spacious and comfortable interior for passengers. 

These features position the IONIQ 5 robotaxi as a strong competitor in the autonomous vehicle market, combining advanced driverless technology with eco-friendly aspects to enhance the overall transportation experience.

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