nuTonomy and Lyft have announced that passengers in Boston’s Seaport district were able to experience self-driving rides on the Lyft network in nuTonomy vehicles. As the pilot progresses, select Boston passengers in Seaport area will be matched with nuTonomy self-driving vehicles when they request rides through the Lyft app.
Both the companies had earlier this year announced a partnership focused on bringing nuTonomy vehicles to the Lyft network in Boston. The companies informed that the partnership with Lyft has two goals. First, the companies want to let members of the public experience driverless vehicles firsthand, so they can better understand the impact this new technology will have on their lives. Second, based on feedback from pilot participants, nuTonomy’s engineers will adapt and improve the system, in order to deliver an autonomous transportation experience that is safe, efficient, and comfortable.
The rides represent yet another milestone in nuTonomy’s banner year. These rides mark the first-ever public pilot between a ridesharing company and an autonomous vehicle company in the United States. Recently, Waymo has also been running its self-driving taxis in Phoenix, Arizona and has announced that the company aims to launch its own Robotaxi service soon. Uber too has announced that it is purchasing 24000 X90 SUVs from Volvo to form a fleet of driverless cars.