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NewsHyundai Ioniq 5 Gets a Driver's License

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Gets a Driver’s License

Hyundai takes the DMV Challenge

  • Hyundai takes the Ioniq 5 to the DMV

  • Self-driving car passes test with flying colours

Hyundai’s self-driving test car has just passed its driver’s license test. Sort of. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Robotaxi features in a new film where a driving examiner puts it through its paces.

The campaign features Pearl Outlaw, an American woman who is visually impaired because of Retinitis Pigmentosa. She can’t get a license, and in a country built around the automobile, that’s a problem. It also features “DMV Certified Driving Examiner” Kandice Jones, who grades the Ioniq 5 like she would a human driver.

“If I take about 18 a day, three would pass,” Jones says about human drivers. “I have failed thousands upon thousands in the interest of public safety.”

The test starts in a parking lot but quickly moves onto the Las Vegas strip. Traffic isn’t heavy, the way you’d expect it in Vegas, but the Ioniq 5 does have to navigate some tricky construction sites. It also has to deal with some sudden pedestrians in a move that looks a little bit too perfectly timed.


It’s a Hyundai ad, so of course the car passes. It’s given what looks like a genuine Nevada license, though the photo wouldn’t pass muster at any DMV I’ve ever visited.

Where’s your first ride? Pearl goes to the barn to see her horse. The first time she’s been able to without relying on a person to drive in a long time.

It’s sweet, but even this Ioniq 5 is only a Level 4 AV. And the license isn’t a real one.


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