© Provided by Roadshow Hitting the road next year. Motional
Waymo makes all the headlines for its truly automated ride-hailing service in Arizona, but watch out because here comes Lyft and Motional. The two companies announced Tuesday they will kick off a driverless ride-hailing service in Las Vegas in 2023. Motional will take Lyft’s years of experience in the ride-hailing business and apply it to the firm’s purpose-outfitted robotaxi, based on the Hyundai Ioniq 5. If you’re wondering why the Hyundai ties, Motional is a joint venture company between Aptiv and Hyundai Motor.
There’s still a road ahead before a fleet of self-driving Ioniq 5s are ready for duty. The companies plan for a soft launch of the service in the second half of 2022. During this time, Motional and Lyft will invite small batches of riders and take loads of feedback before the big commercial launch in 2023. Still, the beta rides of sorts will be entirely autonomous, the companies said. That will include flagging the robotaxi down, entering the car, enjoying the ride and requesting support if needed.
Once the service is ready, locals will find an option for an autonomous Lyft in a Motional self-driving car within the Lyft app. And Vegas isn’t the last stop for Motional, either. The company said this is the first of a multimarket approach to its business with a lot more yet to come.
Spacious little Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric crossover is all angles
1/17 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow After a series of teasers, Hyundai finally revealed the new Ioniq 5 in all of its angular glory.
2/17 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The electric crossover is very compact, looking more like a tall wagon than a bona fide SUV.
3/17 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Four powertrain configurations are available: a Standard and Long Range, both with rear- or all-wheel drive.
4/17 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Hyundai’s new electric car platform allowed its designers to push the wheels to the very extremes of the chassis.
5/17 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The architecture frees up space in the cabin, which Hyundai takes advantage of with front seats that recline while recharging.
6/17 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The cabin also features a motorized center console that slides between the two rows.
7/17 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow In its Long Range 2WD configuration, the Ioniq 5 is estimated to cruise for up to 300 miles on the European WLTP testing cycle. Expect that number to drop by quite a bit by the time the US EPA is done with it.
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