You can get a Lyft in Vegas in a self-driving car.
Lyft started offering a limited number of rides to the general public in 30 autonomous cars on May 3 as part of a partnership with Aptiv, which makes the cars’ self-driving platform.
“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,” Kevin Clark, Aptiv president and chief executive officer said in a news release. “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.”
People using the Lyft app in Las Vegas will be able to choose between a regular Lyft vehicle, driven by a person, or a driverless car. The autonomous cars are only available, for now, on certain trips to and from a set of high-demand locations, mostly around the Strip. The vehicles will have a safety driver in the car, who could take over control of the car from the system.
Las Vegas officials have been aggressive in courting the driverless car industry as part of a broader effort to bolster the city’s antiquated urban transit menu, in a city that has to move tens of thousands of people in and out of the Strip every day.
Lyft and Aptiv tested driverless car ridesharing during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January. That test included more than 400 self-driving rides. According to Aptiv, customers using the rides on the test run taking a satisfaction survey gave the project an average of 4.99 stars out of 5.