Motional has announced plans to collaborate with TÜV SÜD, a technical service provider, to carry out a safety evaluation of its forthcoming robotaxi. The autonomous vehicle, based on Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 EV, is expected to begin driverless service operations in 2023 – starting in Las Vegas before expanding to further cities.

In preparing for the commercial deployment of this service, Motional will undergo a multi-year safety evaluation process. Here, the company will work to ensure that the vehicle and its suite of autonomous technologies and systems is safe for driverless operation on public roads. It is this process that TÜV SÜD will support through its experience in assessing safety architectures, functional safety, and cybersecurity.

TÜV SÜD’s teams will work closely with Motional’s engineers to review their processes, system designs, and analytical data. Through this collaboration, Motional hopes to ensure its robotaxi provides users with the highest standard of safety through a high degree of scrutiny and transparency in the safety evaluation process. Ultimately, it works similarly to support Motional’s goal to improve road safety globally.