Hyundai is launching a pilot service of RoboRide autonomous taxis on the streets of Gangnam in South Korea Its Level 4 autonomous technology will work in one of the most congested areas in Soul


Hyundai has announced plans to partner with Korean ride-sharing company RoboRide to test its Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities with a few IONIQ 5 electric vehicles on the streets of Soul. This collaboration marks the first car rental service to use self-driving vehicles on the streets of Gangnam, one of Soul’s most congested areas. Hyundai has gotten the green light from Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for the trial and is partnering with a company called Jin Mobility which will be in charge of monitoring the artificial intelligence side of things.

Hyundai says it will collect a set of data to further refine its Level 4 autonomous driving technology in hopes of rolling out a fleet of vehicles equipped with self-driving features. RoboRide says the IONIQ 5 autonomous vehicles will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to avoid the worst of Soul’s traffic jams, carrying up to three passengers at a time with a safety driver seated in the captain’s chair to take over in case an error might occur. occur.

While the trial is a bit of a baptism by fire on the surface, Hyundai has actually been testing its self-driving systems in and around Gangnam, Soul since 2019.

Automaker Hyundai on Thursday announced the launch of a pilot self-driving taxi service in the bustling Gangnam Soul district, the latest advance in the country’s effort to make self-driving vehicles an everyday reality. The new service, called RoboRide, offers Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric cars equipped with Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities. security remains in the car.

For the pilot service, Hyundai has obtained a temporary self-driving operation permit from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (MOLIT) of Korea. It will collaborate with Jin Mobility, a Korean startup operating the iM car mobility platform powered by artificial intelligence. Jin Mobility will be in charge of operating the two IONIQ 5 RoboRide units on its iM app. Hyundai also plans to expand the pilot service, while further developing autonomous driving technology taking into account various conditions, such as vehicle stability conduct.

At Hyundai Motor Group, we are developing Level 4 autonomous driving technology based on the in-house developed Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), whose operation and safety are verified by mass production and successful commercial launch. said Woongjun Jang, senior vice president and head of autonomous driving center at Hyundai Motor Group. We expect this RoboRide pilot service to be a significant inflection point that will allow us to internalize self-driving technology.

We strengthen our capabilities by working on research and development with relevant institutions. Starting with the RoboRide pilot service in collaboration with Hyundai Motor Group, we look forward to leading the future mobility scene,” said Lee Seong-wook, CEO of Jin Mobility. We will make every effort to create synergies through this pilot service.

Through this pilot project, Hyundai hopes to collect valuable data on autonomous driving and plans to further develop Level 4 autonomous driving technology to navigate safely and flexibly through complex urban environments.

To prepare for such a complicated driving environment, Hyundai has also worked with the Soul Metropolitan Government to implement a system capable of connecting traffic lights to autonomous vehicles. It has also collected a lot of driving data since 2019 by testing autonomous driving in the Gangnam area.

In addition, the Group will provide a vehicle remote assistance system developed in-house to ensure safety. The system monitors the status of autonomous driving, the vehicle and the route, and supports the journey with remote assistance functions, such as changing lanes in circumstances where autonomous driving is not possible . Based on Level 4 autonomous driving technology, a RoboRide vehicle will perceive, make decisions and control its own driving state, while its safety driver will only intervene under limited conditions.

The RoboRide pilot service will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to minimize any inconvenience on the road. Up to three passengers can join a ride, while a safety driver will be in the vehicle to respond to any emergency. Hyundai plans to operate an initial demo service for internally selected personnel and then expand the pilot service targets to general customers in the future.

The Mayor of Soul and the Minister of Transport, the first customers to test RoboRide

To commemorate the pilot service, Won Hee-ryong, Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea, and Oh Se-hoon, Mayor of Soul City, became the first customers to test the RoboRide vehicle. Oh told reporters afterwards that the experience was so natural that it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between human driving and self-driving.

He said the trial will provide crucial real-world data for cutting-edge autonomous driving technology.

In complex transport environments like Gangnam, many people drive in unpredictable ways, such as taxis and delivery motorcycles, Oh said. After accumulating data on how self-driving cars respond and avoid accidents, we can compare the pros and cons in a precise and scientific way. Today marks the beginning of the achievement of this objective.

Won said Level 4 driving will be fully commercialized in South Korea by 2027 and autonomous vehicles will be part of ordinary life everywhere in the country by 2030.

Gangnam is one of the most congested areas in the world, the minister said at the launch event. This trial will demonstrate that South Korea is on its way to becoming a leader in autonomous driving.

The RoboRide pilot test will initially run with two cars carrying pre-registered passengers on 50 kilometers of Gangnam roads. In August, it will start full service with four cars, allowing users to order a taxi with a mobile app. Officials said more vehicles would be added to the fleet and the service area would expand to 75 kilometers of roads during the year.

Soul launched a driverless commercial shuttle service last November that runs along a designated route in the western part of the city and plans to start rolling out self-driving buses next year.

The government is investing about $875 million to build smart infrastructure to support the development of Level 4 autonomous driving, Won said Thursday.

The country’s private sector also spends heavily on future mobility. Hyundai announced last month that it would invest $50 billion in the domestic market by 2025 in a wide range of new technologies and businesses, from chargers and electric vehicles to self-driving cars and urban air mobility.

San Francisco police use driverless cars as mobile surveillance cameras

While the companies themselves, such as Alphabet’s Waymo and General Motors’ Cruise, tout the potential transportation benefits of their services, they fail to publicize another, much less hypothetical use case: security cameras. mobile surveillance for police services.

Autonomous vehicles continuously record their surroundings and have the potential to help with investigative leads, says a San Francisco Police Department training document obtained via a public records request. Investigations have already benefited from this several times.

Privacy advocates say the revelation that police are actively using images of self-driving vehicles is alarming.

This is very concerning,” said Adam Schwartz, senior counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). He said cars in general are treasure troves of personal data about consumers, but self-driving vehicles will have even more of that data by capturing the details of the world around them. So when we see a police department identifying autonomous vehicles as a new source of evidence, it’s very concerning.

As companies continue to make public roads their proving grounds for these vehicles, everyone should understand them for what they are – rolling surveillance devices that extend existing widespread spy technologies, Chris said. Gilliard, visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center. Law enforcement already has access to automated license plate readers, gorepecking warrants, Ring connected doorbell sequences, as well as the ability to purchase location data. This practice will extend the reach of an already ubiquitous surveillance network.

Sources: RoboRide, Hyundai

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