Lyft users in Las Vegas are getting the opportunity to ride in one of 30 driverless cars to and from “high demand” locations.
Using a product of the mobility company Aptiv, passengers will be able to hail a self-driving vehicle equipped with Aptiv technology to and from high-demand locations, although they have the option to decline a driverless vehicle if they are not confident in using it.
The companies say this partnership is a multiyear agreement and a “clear step” towards generating revenue for Aptiv’s autonomous driving business. The two companies say they will leverage Aptiv’s connected services capabilities and Lyft’s ride-hailing experience to provide “valuable insights on self-driving fleet operations and management”.
“With Aptiv’s autonomous driving technology deployed throughout Las Vegas and broadly accessible through the Lyft app, a wide range of consumers will be able to share the experience of autonomous vehicles in a complex urban environment,” said Kevin Clark, Aptiv president and chief executive officer. “More importantly, the resulting knowledge and data will allow us to further refine our autonomous driving capabilities and strengthen our portfolio of industry-leading active safety solutions.”
The companies trialled the solution during the Consumer Electronics Show in January, providing more than 400 rides which they say earned an average customer rating of 4.99 out of five stars. They add that, like the CES program, vehicles will be operated by highly-trained safety drivers.