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Uber And Motional Tap Las Vegas For Their Collaborative Robotaxi Debut

  • Uber Technologies, Inc (NYSE: UBER) and Motional, the Hyundai Motor Co, Ltd (OTC: HYMLF) - Aptiv PLC (NYSE: APTV) joint venture focused on commercializing self-driving technology, launched a robotaxi service in Las Vegas.

  • The launch marks the first step in the companies’ 10-year plan to co-scale across major North American cities.

  • For the first time, Uber customers can hail an autonomous ride using Motional’s all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5-based robotaxis.

  • Also Read: GM’s Cruise’s Goes Aggressive On Robotaxi Dreams As Others Retreat

  • Motional’s new all-electric IONIQ 5 robotaxis will be available on UberX and Uber Comfort Electric in select markets.

  • Motional has already launched similar services in Las Vegas on both the Lyft, Inc (NASDAQ: LYFT) and Via networks, TechCrunch reports.

  • It comes a year after Motional and Uber partnered to test autonomous delivery in Santa Monica, California, which is still ongoing.

  • Riders can hail the robotaxis in “high-traffic and popular destinations along the Las Vegas strip” and will operate during daytime hours initially.

  • Motional and Uber hope to begin driverless operations in 2023.

  • Like Motional’s other partnerships, the robotaxi service with Uber will initially be free.

  • The partnership with Uber tracks onto Motional’s strategy of tapping existing ride-share platforms.

  • Los Angeles will be Uber and Motional’s second launch city “at a later date,” according to Motional.

  • Price Action: UBER shares traded lower by 1.62% at $26.48 on the last check Wednesday

  • Photo: Uber Prototype Autonomous vehicle in SF via Wikimedia Commons

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