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Lyft and Motional start an all-electric robotaxi service in Las Vegas

Commuters can now ride in all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5s cabs throughout Sin City.

Motional, a Hyundai and Aptiv joint venture, and Lyft recently started an all-electric robotaxi service now active in Las Vegas. The robotaxi service will be a prelude for a fully driverless service to be launched in 2023. 

Motional is an autonomous vehicle company working autonomously driven vehicles in Las Vegas via a partnership with Lyft. During the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the joint venture began as a weeklong pilot between Aptiv and Lyft in 2018. As of now, they have completed over 1,00,000 passenger trips. 

Lyft and Motional are now proceeding with the public launch of their service, making it the first time that customers can hail autonomous rides in Hyundai Ioniq 5s. However, the rides would accompany a safety driver behind the wheel for emergencies. 

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These robotaxis do not require potential riders to sign up for a waiting list or any non-disclosure agreement for beta-testing. The rides will be free now while the companies plan to charge it from the next operational years. 

Akshay Jaising, VP of Commercialization at Motional, said, “Any Lyft rider in Las Vegas can request a Motional AV. No NDAs. No sign-ups. That’s how Motional and Lyft have operated for the past four years. We believe the best feedback is from real riders, not employees or limited participants.”

Motional also claims to have a permit to test its fully driverless vehicles, set to launch in 2023 in Nevada. The companies anticipate that they will secure appropriate licenses and permits to begin conducting commercial rides by 2023. 

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Disha Chopra
Disha Chopra
Disha Chopra is a content enthusiast! She is an Economics graduate pursuing her PG in the same field along with Data Sciences. Disha enjoys the ever-demanding world of content and the flexibility that comes with it. She can be found listening to music or simply asleep when not working!


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