Delphi spin off Aptiv, a provider of connected vehicle solutions, will launch a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles on the streets of Las Vega, Nevada, that will offer Lyft rides. Users who opt-in to the autonomous car service will be able to book the AVs for rides to and from high-demand locations in the US city, with a trained operator in the driver’s seat at all times for safety.
The Aptiv-Lyft partnership is a multi-year agreement and a step toward generating revenue for Aptiv's autonomous driving business. Both companies will leverage Aptiv's connected services capabilities and Lyft's ride-hailing experience to gain 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 project is the expansion of a successful partnership that launched in Las Vegas during CES 2018 earlier this year. That initial pilot provided more than 400 self-driving rides to the public and earned an average customer rating of 4.99 out of five stars, Aptiv says.
By Illya Verpraet
May 17, 2018