Motional and Hyundai Motor Group have unveiled the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore (HMGICS) to manufacture the groundbreaking all-electric Ioniq 5 robotaxi. Set to debut in Motional’s commercial services in the USA by 2024, the Ioniq 5 is among the first SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles certified under the US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
The FMVSS certification underscores the extensive development and testing undergone by the Ioniq 5 robotaxi, affirming its safety, reliability, and cutting-edge autonomous technology, according to Motional President and CEO Karl Iagnemma.
HMGICS integrates state-of-the-art automation and real-time monitoring, pushing production boundaries. The center features specialized facilities, including testing and calibration centers, tailored to support the production of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Motional has stationed a dedicated team at the Autonomous Vehicle Integration Center within HMGICS, focusing on critical tasks such as diagnostics, software development, and validation to ensure the Ioniq 5 robotaxi meets rigorous specifications.
Motional and Hyundai have invested years in preparing for Ioniq 5 robotaxi production, developing prototypes extensively tested in the USA and Singapore. The initial fleet has successfully completed evaluations showcasing the robotaxi’s quality, performance, and maturity in autonomous driving technology. Commercial production is underway, with the first Ioniq 5 robotaxi models already at Motional’s US facility, undergoing rigorous testing and safety validations in preparation for their commercial debut in 2024.
Commenting on HMGICS’ role in bringing the IONIQ 5 robotaxi from development to production reality, CEO of HMGICS, Hong Bum Jung, said: “HMGICS stands as Hyundai Motor Group’s first global innovation hub and global test bed for future mobility. Our mission at HMGICS is to revolutionize the mobility value chain by developing and producing advanced and diverse forms of future mobility solutions. Commencing production of the IONIQ 5 robotaxi in collaboration with Motional, we are committed to a continuous journey of innovation, aiming to spearhead the paradigm shift in the future of mobility.”
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