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Hyundai Ioniq 5 Robotaxi from Singapore Clears US Driving Test Milestone

Singapore's Hyundai Ioniq 5 robotaxi, crafted at Hyundai's state-of-the-art Jurong facility for Motional, a joint venture with Hyundai focusing on driverless vehicles, has successfully passed its driving test in the United States.

Before production at HMGCIS commenced, prototypes of the Ioniq 5 robotaxi underwent rigorous testing on public roads both in Singapore and the US. The factory now produces these innovative vehicles alongside regular Ioniq 5 models for local customers, with one in every four units being a robotaxi. This variant demands 30 to 40 percent more parts compared to its conventional counterpart.

Deployed in Las Vegas, Nevada, these made-in-Singapore robotaxis are accessible through Uber rides in select areas, although for safety, a staff member occupies the driver's seat during every journey as the technology continues to evolve.

These Ioniq 5 robotaxis are among the pioneering SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles to receive certification under US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Operating at SAE Level 4 entails no human intervention under specific conditions when automated driving features are activated.

In a simulated driving test mimicking real-world scenarios, the Ioniq 5 impressed evaluators with its adeptness in speed control, lane changes, maneuvers, turning left, stopping accurately at stop signs, and responsiveness to hazards.

This feat is underpinned by cutting-edge technology, employing a suite of advanced sensors integrating Lidar, radar, and cameras for safe autonomous navigation.

The Ioniq 5 robotaxi made headlines as it played the starring role in a unique scenario, hailed as "The first car to take a driver's test for everyone who can't take one."

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