As the world is inevitably shifting toward clean energy, ride-hailing service providers are going a step further in the race of automation and are launching self-driving cars (Robotaxis) to own the space.
However, it’s not a full-scale launch as a mass driverless cab service is planned to launch in 2023 in the city.
Motional is an autonomous electric vehicle joint venture between Aptiv and Hyundai. For more than 4 years Lyft and Motional tested the Robotaxi in Vegas streets and has completed over 100,000 passenger trips.
Hyundai’s EV Ioniq 5 automobiles have been modified to achieve this commercial goal.
When you hail a ride and hop into this Robotaxi don’t be surprised to see a driver in the driver’s seat, and it’s not a mannequin but a real safety driver behind the wheel in case of an emergency as a custom.
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The companies announced that the fully driverless Robotaxi will hit the road in the coming year.
However, there’s a catch and it’s a good one, the rides will be free until the official service next year, you don’t even have to go through the hassle of signing a non-disclosure agreement or signing in to stay on a waiting list, unlike most other robotaxi services.
“The service is open to the public. Any Lyft rider in Las Vegas can request a Motional AV. No NDAs, no sign-ups,” said Akshay Jaising, Motional VP of commercialization in a report.
The customers can control the locking and unlocking of the doors, and start the ride via their Lyft app. And will have access to a range of new features.
“We believe the best feedback is from real riders, not employees or limited participants,” he added.
There are only a handful of players in the robotaxi service-providing field.
All these companies have already talked with Lyft to be the portal of the driverless cab service in the future.