Drive.ai and Lyft are partnering to bring autonomous ridesharing to the Bay Area. This collaboration combines Drive.ai’s deep learning-based self-driving solution with Lyft’s extensive ridesharing network, furthering both companies commitment to the development of safe, intelligent autonomous vehicles.
The pilot, which will deploy in the Bay Area soon, will provide valuable insight on how autonomous vehicles can be used effectively and help Lyft optimize the passenger experience. Drive.ai will use the pilot to expand its technical capabilities and develop a roadmap for broader commercialization. All rides will have a Drive.ai trained safety driver in the vehicle and any public pilot deployed will be done in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
Drive.ai uses a deep learning-first approach to develop scalable and adaptable self-driving technology. To bring its technology to market, Drive.ai is developing retrofit kits that allow businesses to cost-efficiently transform traditional vehicles into self-driving models. This pilot announcement comes just months after Drive.ai announced its $50 million Series B funding round, which Drive.ai is using to pursue partnerships with business fleets.
Lyft has of late entered into collaborations with technology companies like Waymo, nuTonomy. It has even got investments from GM and JLR.