Motional tests autonomous vehicles on public roads with empty driver’s seat in Pittsburgh

Boston-based Motional, which has operations in Pittsburgh, announced Monday that it started operating autonomous vehicles on public roads without anyone in the driver’s seat.

Motional, a joint venture of Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, started testing the driverless vehicles in Las Vegas earlier this month. The company reported in a news release that the vehicles safely navigated intersections, unprotected turns and interactions with other road users. Motional still requires “safety stewards,” with the ability to stop the vehicle, to sit in the passenger seat.