Motional, a global driverless technology leader, will expand its testing and research facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The location is also home to the company’s public robotaxi fleet, a service that has safely conducted over 100,000 public rides.
The company said it is significantly expanding its Las Vegas footprint and continues to scale up ahead of its 2023 commercial robotaxi deployment.
"The Las Vegas expansion marks a significant investment in Motional's R&D operations that will allow us to accelerate testing ahead of the commercial deployment of our fully driverless robotaxis in 2023," said Karl Iagnemma, Motional's President and CEO. "Las Vegas is an integral part of Motional's testing ecosystem, which includes diverse driving environments and conditions across multiple cities and continents. This enables us to develop a highly advanced and safe driverless system that can scale globally."
The Las Vegas expansion is the latest in Motional's West Coast growth. Last month, company officials announced plans to expand its California presence, including the start of road testing in Santa Monica, the opening of a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a plan to double the size of our team in the state.
"Las Vegas is a city where innovative companies have the space and resources to thrive, and Motional's success in our region is a great example of that," said LVGEA President and CEO Jonas Peterson. "The company's continued investment in our region will help us innovate our way to a stronger, more diversified economy while also bringing high-quality jobs to our residents."
Motional is a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group, one of the world's largest vehicle manufacturers offering smart mobility solutions, and Aptiv, a global technology leader in advanced safety, electrification, and vehicle connectivity.