Uber Robotaxis are live in Las Vegas, marking the first time that Uber is offering app users rides in autonomous vehicles in a major US city. Uber has partnered with Motional for a 10-year agreement that kicks off in Las Vegas before expanding to other major cities.
The Uber robotaxis will be available to the public in Vegas by selecting the UberX or Uber Comfort Electric options on the ride-hailing app starting today!
BASED ON HYUNDAI IONIQ5
The cars are based on the Hyundai IONIQ5, and are modified with a suite of onboard sensors that include cameras, radar, and lidar.
Autonomous Driving Levels range from 0 to 5. Level 4 offers High Automation, but not Full Automation.
Since this is still in the early stages for Uber, there will be human operators in the AVs for safety reasons. Motional says its taxis are level 4 autonomous vehicles which means they do not require human interaction in most circumstances. However, a human still has the option to manually override.