11/25/2019

Self-Driving Bimmers Rate High with Lyft Riders

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Lyft Inc. says ride-hailing customers in Las Vegas who try the company’s autonomous BMW 540i cars rate them an average 4.97 out of 5.

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Lyft Inc. says the autonomous BMW 540i cars it offers ride-hailing customers in Las Vegas have received an average rating of 4.97 out of 5 from riders over the past two years.

The company doesn’t publicize ratings for its human drivers. But Lyft claims the self-driving Bimmers outscored the average Lyft driver in the U.S.

In addition to a rider’s satisfaction, Lyft acknowledges the high scores may be partially attributed to a rider’s excitement about experiencing the advanced technology and the luxury feel and comfort of riding in a 540i.

Lyft operates the Las Vegas BMW fleet with Aptiv plc, which provides the autonomous driving technology. The vehicles have completed more than 75,000 rides to date. A backup driver is onboard at all times.