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Meet BotRide, the self-driving Hyundai Kona Electric

It serves as the basis for a pilot autonomous ride-hailing service.

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Watch out, Waymo, because here comes Hyundai.

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This is BotRide, a Hyundai Kona Electric with self-driving capabilities.

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Hyundai partnered with Via to create a ride-hailing app and Pony.AI to help create the autonomous driving technology.

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With BotRide, Hyundai will bring self-driving cars to US public roads for the first time.

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BotRide will shuttle riders around in Irvine, California, in a pilot program.

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Riders will download an app, hail the car and BotRide will take them to a destination in a mapped area.

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The pilot program isn't totally open to the public yet, however. The automaker said BotRide is available to "several hundred" locals, including college students in the area.

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The Level 4 self-driving tech can supposedly handle plenty of complex road situations.

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Still, Hyundai plans to have two human operators inside to monitor things.

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