The Hyundai-Aptiv Driving Joint Venture, a collaboration between Hyundai and Aptiv (previously Delphi) to develop autonomous automobile applied sciences, is utilizing driverless autos in Las Vegas to ship meals to households in partnership with a nonprofit. In a dialog with VentureBeat final week, CEO Karl Iagnemma described the trouble as “a way to try to give back to the community.”

“We recently started doing meal delivery in Las Vegas about a week and a half ago,” he mentioned. “It’s not about changing our business model. But with that said, looking toward the future, delivery is an area that we will devote attention to.”

Three of the corporate’s driverless BMW 5 sequence automobiles — that are geared up with lidar sensors, radars, and RGB cameras — are supporting Delivering with Dignity, a program launched in March by Clark County officers that goals to supply meals to susceptible households susceptible to contracting coronavirus. On a weekly foundation from Monday to Friday, security drivers are making contactless deliveries from eating places together with Buddy V’s on the Venetian, Valencian Gold, and Honey Salt Restaurant, sporting private protecting gear always to make sure their security.

Deliveries are being made all through the Valley and are anticipated to proceed so long as the pandemic continues. Iagnemma says there aren’t presently plans to develop, however that the Hyundai-Aptiv Driving Joint Venture intends to work with Delivering with Dignity sooner or later.

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As of May 6, the group’s over 690 volunteers had delivered over 26,500 meals

“The delivery use case is one that I think is an outstanding application of autonomous vehicles for obvious reasons, and it’s one that we can adapt our core technology to address,” added Iagnemma. “Today, we’ve been focused on moving people, but … we look forward to being able to apply our [systems] to a number of other use cases, potentially including [commercial] delivery.”

The Hyundai-Aptiv Driving Joint Venture is barely the most recent autonomous automobile firm to redeploy its automobiles for supply amid the pandemic.

Since mid-April, Cruise has been delivering meals from San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and San Francisco New Deal to seniors in want, and Pony.ai’s automobiles are delivering groceries from ecommerce startup Yamibuy and dealing with the town of Fremont to distribute meals to a neighborhood emergency shelter program. Nuro’s newest R2 autos are transporting medical provides to momentary coronavirus medical services in Sacramento and San Mateo County. And Beep, in partnership with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and shuttle maker Navya, is continuous to move coronavirus assessments on the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida.

Elsewhere, startup Neolix says its vans have delivered medical provides and supplemented labor shortages in areas inside China hit hardest by coronavirus, in addition to delivering meals to well being employees who’re caring for sufferers. Starship Technologies and KiwiBot autonomous supply robots are delivering sanitary provides, masks, antibacterial gels, and hygiene merchandise in communities across the U.S. And self-driving truck firm TuSimple is providing a free service for meals banks in Texas and Arizona.

The Hyundai-Aptiv Driving Joint Venture

Roughly two years in the past, Lyft partnered with the Hyundai-Aptiv Driving Joint Venture to launch a fleet of autonomous autos on the previous’s community in Las Vegas. A product of Aptiv’s mobility and companies group, the autos — which have since been grounded because of the pandemic — turned out there to the general public starting May 2018 on an opt-in foundation.

Prior to the shutdown, the automobiles gave Lyft prospects over 100,000 rides from greater than 3,400 locations within the Las Vegas space, together with eating places, accommodations, leisure venues, and different high-traffic places, just like the Las Vegas Convention Center and McCarran International Airport.

The Hyundai-Aptiv Driving Joint Venture has traditionally highlighted its work with native governments and transit businesses — together with Clark County, the City of Las Vegas, and the Regional Transportation Commission. It additionally famous that its Command Center — which furnishes its improvement staff with knowledge like automobile well being and diagnostics, automobile trip standing, and common trip instances and places — allows it to maintain autos on the highway whereas serving passengers, complementing its 130,000-square-foot storage with full-calibration lab areas and automotive chargers.

Beyond its joint operation with Lyft and its Hyundai partnership, the Hyundai-Aptiv Driving Joint Venture is piloting autonomous autos throughout Boston, Singapore, Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh.