Las Vegas has lengthy been the one place the place you possibly can request a Lyft journey and be greeted by a self-driving automotive.
However on Wednesday, Lyft and autonomous automotive firm Motional introduced driverless taxis will ferry passengers round extra cities beginning in 2023.
For the previous three years, self-driving BMWs with sensors and cameras on high had been solely out there in Las Vegas as a part of a pilot program. A security driver was all the time within the automotive and journeys had been restricted to sure components of the Nevada metropolis.
As a part of this growth, Motional will deploy new driverless Hyundai automobiles. Earlier this 12 months Lyft’s self-driving partner in Vegas, Aptiv, joined forces with Hyundai Motor Group to launch Motional, an autonomous driving three way partnership. The self-driving vehicles in Vegas had been rebranded as Motional cars in October.
These vehicles in Vegas have sensor-loaded BMWs out there for autonomous pick-ups. However with the growth, Hyundai’s self-driving tech and automobiles will energy the subsequent technology of Lyft-Motional automobiles. The corporate says these new automobiles will now not require a security driver within the entrance seat.
Though Lyft and Motional have not introduced which cities will provide the robotaxi service, the self-driving program will proceed to make use of Lyft for reserving and buyer interplay by means of the app. So look out for it in cities within the U.S. (and Canada) the place ordering a Lyft pushed by a human is at present out there.
Till then, the Lyft-Motional program will proceed in Vegas whereas we watch for the brand new taxis to reach elsewhere.