Lyft’s robotaxi service goes live in Las Vegas

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The robotaxi service is the next step for Lyft and Motional to launch a completely driverless service in Las Vegas next year.

A partnership between Lyft and self-driving vehicle company Motional is bringing self-driving robotaxis to Las Vegas.

The service uses Motional’s all-electric robotaxis that are designed to provide driverless transportation operations on the Lyft network.

The companies have been offering self-driving rides in Las Vegas since 2018, with more than 100,000 rides completed to date. Lyft said the results were “extremely popular” with runners, with more than 95% leaving five-star reviews.

“The launch of Motional’s all-electric Ioniq 5 on Lyft’s Las Vegas network represents a huge step forward in our vision to make an electric, self-driving, shared future a reality for people everywhere,” said Lyft CEO Logan Green. “We are designing a self-driving experience where the only expectation of riders is to relax and enjoy the ride.”

The companies said they added new features based on research and customer feedback, to allow users to control their ride without driver assistance.

This includes unlocking the doors through the Lyft app and starting the ride or contacting customer support from the Lyft AV in-car app, which is designed for self-driving ridesharing.

The launch is the next step in Lyft and Motional’s plan to launch a completely driverless service in Las Vegas next year. The partner companies plan to expand to multiple US cities in the future.

Motional President and CEO Karl Iagnemma said the two companies are on track for “widespread commercialization” of fully autonomous vehicles.

“We’ve been leading the industry in commercial operations for years, and today’s launch signals that we’re on track to deliver fully driverless service next year,” said Iagnemma. . “Riders in Las Vegas can now experience Motional’s Ioniq 5 AV that will make this service a reality.”

The technology behind self-driving cars has advanced significantly in recent years, forcing regulators to take steps to prepare for their arrival. The EU is developing technical rules that would allow 1,500 fully driverless vehicles per car model to be registered and sold in a member state each year.

While self-driving technology advances, it still has clear hurdles to overcome. In June, self-driving car company Cruise became the first to win approval to operate a commercial taxi service using driverless cars in California.

However, a swarm of the company’s self-driving vehicles blocked several lanes of traffic at an intersection for hours, before Cruise employees arrived to fix the problem.

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