Silicon Valley is beginning to get crowded with projects of driverless cars even though the technology is barely in its teens. However, the tech hub seems to have received a tip on how the future of their market is going to look like. Lyft is the latest company that decided to take the matter into its own hands and start developing the autonomous ride of the future by itself.
Lyft Officials Will Include Clients in Their Trials for the Future Autonomous Ride
On Friday, Lyft announced plans of hunting for the ideal team and opening a research facility in Palo Alto, California. This is the first time when the company stops relying on partnerships and starts building something from scratch. The autonomous project is going to be launched first in Boston as a preliminary test and then will roll out from there in other cities as well.
Officials are looking at hundreds of thousands of self-driving vehicles on streets for their clients. There will be a trial period when clients themselves will be able to participate in it. However, conditions for the ride should be perfect, including weather, traffic, and selected route. On top of that, the cars will always have a test driver ready for any situation in the front seat.
Third Parties Will Be Able to Plug Lyft’s Software to Their Cars to Make Them Self-Driving
The ride-hailing company will not start building an entire car from scratch. Instead, Lyft is looking at developing a software interface intended for automakers. These parties in their turn can integrate these systems into their own vehicles to become independent on the road and engage in interactions with passengers. As a consequence, the company will remain a network that third parties can access to enable their normal cars to support an autonomous ride.
Most of the platform will build itself based on data that Lyft cars will collect through their trips around cities. Their sensors will record important information which will then be centralized in the company’s platform. Partner automakers will gain access to the research based on these data.
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