26 October 2019, India:
Hyundai has unveiled BotRide in collaboration with Pony.ai and Via. BotRide is a shared, on-demand, autonomous vehicle service operating on public roads.
The company said that a fleet of self-driving Hyundai KONA Electric SUVs will provide a free ride-sharing service to the local community of Irvine, California from 04th November 2019.
These vehicles are equipped with Pony.ai’s latest sensor hardware and proprietary software to identify the precise position of surrounding vehicles, handle pedestrian traffic in urban areas, accurately monitor its surroundings, predict the behavior of other road users, and precisely plan actions accordingly, the company said in a statement.
Riders can hail a self-driving Hyundai KONA Electric SUV directly from their smartphone using the BotRide app. The app is available on Android and iOS.
The app directs passengers to nearby stops for pick up and drop off.
Christopher Chang, Head of Business Development, Strategy and Technology Division, Hyundai Motor Company, said, “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.”
Christopher Chang, added, “We are going to learn about ecosystems, where the vehicles travel and optimize the customer experience. BotRide is another example of Hyundai’s ongoing efforts to actively build expertise in mobility technology as well as the company’s commitment to providing more user-friendly mobility services to customers.”
Daniel Han, Manager, Advanced Product Strategy, Hyundai Motor America, said, “Through BotRide, Hyundai is leveraging cutting-edge autonomous vehicle and mobility technologies to introduce a new, safe, and convenient form of transportation to the public. The BotRide pilot represents an important step in the deployment and eventual commercialization of a growing new mobility business.”
Daniel Han added, “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.”
(Image – Hyundai, Pony.ai)