Aptiv, Lyft Team on Autonomous Taxi Fleet Test

May 02, 2018 at 9:33 AM

Aptiv plc is launching a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles that will operate as part of Lyft Inc.’s ride-hailing network in Las Vegas.

The pilot program, which kicks off this week, will allow passengers to reserve a self-driving BMW car when summoning a ride with Lyft. The vehicles will have a backup driver on board and will be available only for trips to and from about 30 high-demand locations.

The modified Bimmers will feature Aptiv’s automated driving platform, which includes a sensor array and electronic control module technologies. Lyft will provide its “smart” dispatching technology.

Aptiv and Lyft conducted a similar test in January during the CES electronics show in Las Vegas. That program used BMW 5 Series sedans on a fixed 6.3-mile loop through the city.