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Kakao Mobility and Hyundai Motor sign MOU for self-driving taxi service

Kakao Mobility and Hyundai Motor on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding for an autonomous taxi service.

With the signing of the agreement, users will be able to call Hyundai’s RoboRide, a driverless taxi, through Kakao Mobility’s Kakao T taxi app, according to Kakao Mobility. The test service will be available before the end of the year.

RoboRide, operated by Hyundai Motor, is a ride-sharing service using an Ioniq 5 electric vehicle with Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities. A Level 4 autonomous car is capable of operating on its own but may require human intervention.

Hyundai Motor has been offering the RoboRide pilot service to the public since August in the Gangnam district, south of Seoul, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kakao Mobility said the collaboration will be the cornerstone of the self-driving taxi service to move beyond the test run phase to the actual commercialization of the service. Hyundai Motor and Kakao T hope to work together on more self-driving projects, expanding the service to different types of vehicles.

“Through the MoU, we expect Hyundai Motor’s self-driving technology to be available to more customers through Kakao Mobility’s platform,” said Jang Woong-jun, senior vice president. and Head of Hyundai Motor’s Autonomous Driving Center.

“The two companies will actively work together to make it easier for customers to use RoboRide on a daily basis.”

“As this MoU is a cooperation between companies that are at the top of each industry in Korea, it will be an opportunity for the local autonomous driving market to take a step forward,” said Chang Sung-wook, CEO of Kakao Mobility. future research laboratory.

BY SHIN HA-NEE [shin.hanee@joongang.co.kr]