Lyft, Motional to launch robotaxi service in LA

Ride-sharing company Lyft and driverless vehicle driving technology company Motional are teasing the launch of a robo-taxi operation in LA, saying LA residents will be able to book a robo-taxi from Lyft’s ride-hailing app.

Motional is a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and automotive technology company Aptiv, and this robotaxi service uses Hyundai Motor Company’s IONIQ5 electric vehicle to provide fully autonomous driving without the need for a human safety driver. will be operated by Motional as

However, it has not been revealed exactly when the service will start, but if it goes ahead as announced, it will be the second market after Lyft and Motional’s robotaxi operations, which launched first in Las Vegas this year.

Motional has filed permits with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to begin unmanned testing, and Motional says it hopes to obtain appropriate permits to charge rides ahead of commercial launch.