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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Robotaxi earned a driver’s license

A bizarre headline but a positive outlook on autonomous driving technology

When a car itself is a better driver than the most experienced ones. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

Hyundai introduced the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi in 2021 amid the growing interest in self-driving for public transportation. The new cab in collaboration with Motional will debut somewhere this year, and be assembled by the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore.

However, some people still don’t trust the general concept of fully autonomous vehicles. To change the public’s perception toward self-driving taxis, the Korean brand released a promotional video of its creation undergoing a driving exam—like any teenager would—to put its algorithms to the test.

A total of 30 sensors are working overtime for complete passenger safety. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

Veteran driving instructor Kandice Jones was chosen to evaluate the Robotaxi under the Class C license exam, the basic driver education level in North America. Its speed, maneuverability, reaction time, and road courtesy gave a lasting impression thanks to its LIDAR, radar, and camera sensors.

The Ioniq 5 Robotaxi passed the test with flying colors, even receiving its own driver’s license card. The proven results were taken even further to involve visually impaired individuals who could move from point A to point B safely and comfortably.

The future of mobility includes the impaired. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

With initial trials completed in North America (mainly Las Vegas, Nevada), Hyundai and Motional haven’t said anything about bringing the Robotaxi to other parts of the globe (despite planning to be shipped from Singapore). Will the rest of the world have a taste of the autonomous cab in the not-so-distant future?

Justin Young

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