Hyundai Motor Company has released a campaign film showing the all-electric, self-driving IONIQ 5 robotaxi successfully completing a process similar to a U.S. driver’s license test.

The video showcases the Ioniq 5 robotaxi's autonomous technology, demonstrating its safety and trustworthiness through a series of public-level driving tests. These tests include road driving in Las Vegas, U.S., and highlight the exceptional performance of the Ioniq 5 robotaxi. 

The movie begins with an interview featuring Pearl Outlaw, an American woman who is visually impaired, and her mother, Ruth. Pearl faces mobility limitations due to her condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa, which prevents her from obtaining a driver's license - a crucial symbol of independence and freedom for many individuals.

The vehicle underwent a rigorous driving test, similar to the one required for human drivers to obtain their licenses. A certified Nevada DMV examiner was present in the passenger seat to evaluate the car's performance, including its stopping distance and lane-changing abilities.

It should be noted that this was a promotional event, and Hyundai selected a demanding road tester for the task. In a video, the automaker reports that Kandice Jones, a DMV-certified driving examiner with 25 years of experience, has a pass rate of only 16 percent.

“I’ve failed thousands and thousands of students in the interest of public safety,” said Jones. “It’s going to be the same criteria – just like testing a human. We’ll be monitoring the speed, lane changes. I’m going to grade maneuvers, making a complete stop, left turns, maintaining the lane, and of course reaction time.”

Despite her high standards, Jones was impressed with the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi and ultimately gave it a passing grade. While autonomous vehicles do not receive individual licenses, this positive review may help alleviate some concerns.

Autonomous technology has received some negative attention in recent years due to issues with Level 2 driver assistance technology, such as Tesla's Autopilot, and the mistakes made by GM's autonomous Cruise subsidiary.

However, it's important to note that this technology could still be incredibly beneficial for individuals with impaired vision or other conditions that prevent them from driving.

Hyundai's Ioniq 5 Robotaxi was developed in collaboration with Motional. The companies have worked together for years, testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in Nevada, California and elsewhere.

Source: Hyundai

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Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
14 years driving