Hyundai will offer free self-driving rides in Irvine, California

A handful of Californians are about to experience self-driving cars first-hand. Hyundai, Via and (appropriately enough) Pony.ai are debuting a driverless ride hailing BotRide service in Irvine on November 4th. A group of “several hundred” residents, including college students, will have free access to autonomous Kona Electric SUVs that will take them between multiple points of interest, using Via’s algorithms to optimize the number of passengers without making them walk too far at either end of the trip…