The mayor of Seoul, South Korea, today became the first passenger to use Hyundai’s new autonomous raids service. The pilot project is called RoboRide and sees two Ioniq 5s equipped with advanced technology buzzing in the busy Gangnam area of the city.
“At Hyundai Motor Group, we are developing Level 4 autonomous driving technology based on the internally developed Advanced Driving Support System (ADAS), the functionality and safety of which are tested through mass production and successful commercial launch,” said Wongjun Zhang. Autonomous driving center at Hyundai. “We expect this RoboRide pilot service to be an important turning point that will allow us to introduce autonomous driving technology.”
The electric vehicles will be equipped with Hyundai’s Level 4 autonomous driving technology and will be operated in partnership with Jin Mobility, a startup that manages the iM vehicle call platform with artificial intelligence.
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Thus, Hyundai and Jin Mobility became the first organizations to manage autonomous transportation services in the Gangnam area, one of the largest and most congested areas in Korea. The permit comes from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, which allows them to drive temporarily autonomously.
“We have strengthened our capabilities by conducting research and development work with relevant institutions. Together with Hyundai Motor Group, we look forward to managing the future mobility scene, starting with the RoboRide pilot service, ”said Lee Son-wook, CEO of Jin Mobility. “We will do our best to create synergy through this pilot service.”
In fact, Hyundai has worked with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to create a system that can connect traffic signals to autonomous vehicles. It has also been collecting data for autonomous testing in the region since 2019.
As this is a pilot project, the service will be limited to prevent autonomous vehicles from initially interfering with traffic. As a result, drivers will be able to order autonomous vehicles only from 10.00 to 16.00 in the morning. The driver’s seat can only accept three passengers assigned to the safety operator. something is wrong Hyundai says it is looking forward to expanding the pilot project and would like to offer this service to a wider audience in the future.