Hyundai will launch standalone cars in California in NovemberOctober 25, 2019
In November, Hyundai will offer self-driving car sharing services in California to study consumer behavior in off-road driving conditions.
The South Korean carmaker will team up with Pony.ai startup and mobile service provider Via. They will operate a fleet of at least 10 Kona electric sports SUVs to provide an autonomous ride sharing service called BotRide in Irvine, California.
Pony.ai, supported by Sequoia Capital, which has partnerships with Toyota, will build autonomous systems with Hyundai, while Via will develop mobile phone applications.
While the vehicles will have autonomous driving functions, there will be two safety operators on board in the event of an emergency.
“The pilot introduces BotRide to several hundred Irvine residents, including college students. The goal is to explore consumer behavior in an autonomous car-sharing environment, ”said Christopher Chang, Hyundai’s head of development, strategy and technology. “We are going to learn about the roads on which cars are moving and optimize customer service.”
Hyundai has announced plans to invest $ 35 billion in mobility and other automotive technologies by 2025.
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