Your next Lyft in Las Vegas might be a driverless EV
Motional’s driverless system goes live earlier than expected. On Tuesday, the company and Lyft announced that the vehicle is ready to offer rides to the public, beginning with Las Vegas residents and visitors. With today’s announcement, the Ioniq 5 is the first all-electric autonomous vehicle to join Lyft’s network.
In Las Vegas, Motional, a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv, had been testing autonomous vehicles without safety drivers since 2017. With its public launch, the Ioniq 5 is fully integrated with Lyft’s software. When the car arrives to pick you up, you can use the Lyft app to unlock the doors. Inside you’ll also find a dedicated passenger display, and you can always contact a remote agent — you know, if the car ever pulls out of a .
“The launch of Motional’s all-electric Ioniq 5 on the Lyft network in Las Vegas represents a tremendous advance in our vision of making an electric, autonomous, and shared future a reality for people everywhere,” said Logan Green, CEO of lyft “Building an experience that Lyft drivers love is at the core of advancing this technology, and today’s launch gives drivers access to Motional’s autonomous technology in a way that feels seamless, familiar, and personalized, all of it on a network they already trust.”
Lyft plans to bring fully driverless cars to several US cities in 2023 and beyond. However, it’s unclear where the company will deploy the vehicles next. Lyft and Motional must be approved by local regulators before they can offer rides to the public.
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