Hyundai Launches ‘BotRide' Autonomous SUVs in California with Pony.ai & Via
【Summary】Hyundai Motor Co, in collaboration with autonomous driving startup Pony.ai and ride-hailing company Via, today unveiled “BotRide”, a shared, on-demand, autonomous vehicle service operating on public roads in California.
Hyundai Motor Co, in collaboration with autonomous driving startup Pony.ai and ride-hailing company Via, today unveiled "BotRide", a shared, on-demand, autonomous vehicle service operating on public roads in California.
Beginning Nov 4, a fleet of self-driving, fully-electric Hyundai KONA SUVs will provide a free ride-sharing service to the local community of Irvine, California.
"The pilot introduces BotRide to several hundred Irvine residents, including college students. The goal is to study consumer behavior in an autonomous ride-sharing environment," said Christopher Chang, head of business development, strategy and technology division, Hyundai Motor Company.
Hyundai partnered with autonomous driving startup Pony.ai to build the self-driving system and with Via to create the BotRide on-demand ridesharing technology and application.
New York-based Via aims to reinvent public transportation from a rigid system of fixed routes to a dynamic, on-demand network similar to how people hail a ride with Uber. Via's advanced algorithms enable multiple riders to share the same vehicle.
"The BotRide pilot represents an important step in the deployment and eventual commercialization of a growing new mobility business. In addition to the technology partners powering BotRide, the broader city and community ecosystem have also played an important role in making BotRide possible. The BotRide pilot can serve as an example of how cities and companies can come together to truly enable smart cities and smart transportation systems of the future." said Daniel Han, manager, Advanced Product Strategy, Hyundai Motor America.
Using the BotRide app created by Via, riders can hail an autonomous driving Hyundai KONA Electric SUV directly from their smartphone. The Via app directs passengers to nearby stops for pick up and drop off. The self-driving Kona EV is outfitted with autonomous vehicle technology from Pony.ai.
Armed with the latest hardware and software developed by Pony.ai, Hyundai says the BotRide vehicles are able to navigate complex road scenarios safely. The self-driving Hyundai Kona's can handle pedestrian traffic in urban areas, accurately monitor the surroundings, including the precise position of nearby vehicles, and predict the behavior of other road users to navigate a route.
In addition to testing Pony ai's self-driving capabilities, BotRide is validating the overall user experience, envisioning a future where people will interact with commercial autonomous vehicles.
BotRide's technology prioritizes passenger-to-system interactions such as automated onboard passenger verification, giving riders the chance to familiarize themselves with technologies expected to become commonplace in an autonomous mobility future.
The service area covers several residential, commercial, and other points of interest.
Pony.ai is currently testing its self-driving system in the U.S. and China. The company was founded in late 2016.
In addition to its work with Hyundai, Pony.ai is teaming up with Toyota on a pilot program on public roads in Beijing and Shanghai. The mobility pilot will utilize Toyota's Lexus RX vehicles outfitted with Pony.ai's autonomous system.
Earlier this month, Via launched its ride-hailing service in Cupertino, California, the home of tech giant Apple.
Tactile Mobility Announces the First-of-its-Kind ‘Virtual’ Tire Tread Depth Measurement Solution
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Issues a Guidebook to Help Automakers Source Chips Amid Global Shortages
Michelin Launches the Pilot Sport EV, the First High-Performance Tire Designed for Electric Vehicles
Elon Musk Says Tesla’s California Factory Was Forced to Close for Two Days Due to Parts Shortages
Hyundai to Spend $900 Million to Replace Battery Systems in 82,000 EVs Due to Fire Risk
The U.S. Postal Service to Spend up to $6 Billion to Update its Aging Fleet of Delivery Vehicles
Fuel Cell Truck Startup Nikola Corp Announces its Model Lineup
BMW Announces Construction of a New 67,000 Square-foot Training Center at its Factory in South Carolina
- IIHS Finds Front AEB Saves Lives, Rear AEB Reduces Fender Benders
- Tesla Rival Xpeng Sets Up Auto Parts Manufacturing Company That Will Include EV Battery Production
- Volvo Claims Second EV Will Arrive in 2021
- Automakers Geely & Volvo Cars to Launch a New Powertrain Joint Venture After Merger Talks End
- Volkswagen’s New ID. Family of EVs Will Receive Over-the-Air Updates Every Three Months
- Tesla Updates Model X, Model S, Boosts Range to 520 Miles
- 5 Electric Vehicles You Need to Watch Out For in 2021
- Volkswagen AG is Considering Listing its Porsche Unit to Fund its EV Push
- Toyota Confirms a New Battery-Powered EV Coming for Europe
- The U.S. EPA Officially Certifies Ford’s Fully-Electric Mach-E Range of 300 Miles