Does anyone remember MoceanLab (pronounced as it sounds, Motion-Lab)? It’s an experiment of sorts started by Kia Motors, and largely the Hyundai Motor Group, in California, aimed at launching its own fleet of self-driving cars via a car sharing program that will basically give Hyundai its own autonomous ride-hailing network. We last heard about this MoceanLab was in November 2019. After the holidays, COVID-19 started to quickly spread, and the pandemic did a number on a lot of industries, including the automotive industry. Kia Motors was quick to bounce back and get started on the development of new vehicles for a post-pandemic world, including micro EVs and Purpose-Built Vehicles. Becoming part of the solution, Kia Motors has also joined many automakers and organizations in aiding its community in its COVID-19 relief efforts, and Kia Motors continues to push forward by providing eco-friendly transportation to frontline personnel through its mobility service venture – MoceanLab.
“We recognized the critical need for safe and hygienic transportation during the pandemic, and wanted to offer an innovative mobility solution, particularly for frontline workers…We are pleased that MoceanLab’s ‘LA Heroes Fleet’ is contributing to the city’s fight against COVID-19, and we will continue to work closely with the City of Los Angeles to find more opportunities to make a positive impact in the region.” – Kyounglim Yun, Executive Vice President and Head of Open Innovation Strategy Division of Hyundai Motor Group
Although we live in a crazy world today, this is the perfect time to launch a new fleet of vehicles that can be designated primarily for health care officials and transporting patients, medical supplies, and what-have-you. Known as the “LA Heroes Fleet” program, MoceanLab is already underway in launching a fleet of low-emission hybrid vehicles from Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation. Each vehicle goes under a thorough sanitation process to ensure the health and safety of the frontline personnel that use the vehicles. In between uses, there is also frequent cleaning with anti-viral solutions, and other safety measures have been put into place as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In cooperation with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, MoceanLab will be primarily aimed at helping the city’s unsheltered homeless population amid the pandemic. A renowned Street Medicine Team will be making use of Hyundai and Kia hybrid vehicles as they travel from location-to-location to serve homeless residents where they may currently reside – typically away from areas with conventional treatment settings. With Hyundai and Kia Motors donating these hybrid vehicles to the Street Medicine Team, there is the hope that the team can better serve the city’s most vulnerable and hard-to-reach residents for a full spectrum of services, including COVID-19 tests.
MoceanLab is also helping to aid the community by helping to feed hungry mouths. Working with South LA Cafe & Market, a local business that has been working with the City of Los Angeles to serve in-need community members during the pandemic, vehicles have also been donated to this organization to help the Café deliver food to seniors and other at-risk residents. This allows them to remain safe and indoors during the pandemic while still receiving their necessities. These vehicles are also being used to deliver healthy grocery boxes to COVID-19 testing sites, non-profit organizations, and residents in need of fresh food options.
Kia Motors is really showing us the better side of humanity in a time where we need it most. Show your support and check out a new Kia Motors vehicle from Miami Lakes Automall.