Most of us have heard of self-driving cars but it still seems strange that there have been over 50,000 successful Lyft rides by self driving cars in Las Vegas, Nevada. A company called Aptiv PLC launched a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas in May 2018.
Lyft’s self-driving cars have been picking up passengers around Las Vegas for the past year. This week the autonomous ride service hit 50,000 rides. The cars are requested through the Lyft app as usual, but are clearly noted as autonomous vehicles. Lyft works with self-driving company Aptiv to offer the service, which charges riders the same as the equivalent usual Lyft ride. A safety driver is still in the car. At the 50,000 ride marker, Lyft pointed out that its self-driving cars average a 4.97 star rating and 92 percent of riders gave feedback that they felt safe during the ride. For most riders, this was their first time in an autonomous car.
Source: Lyft’s self-driving car service in Vegas passes 50,000 rides
The very first automated shuttle was an electric autonomous mini bus in Las Vegas in 2017 sponsored by AAA and it was in an accident on it’s first day. The shuttle saw a truck backing up and it stopped. While it was stopped the truck backed into it and grazed it. (theVerge)
Despite some high-profile crashes in other cities, there have been only three minor wrecks involving driverless vehicles in Las Vegas in more than 32,000 trips, according to Metro Police and the companies behind two programs.
Two crashes involved self-driving cars on Las Vegas Boulevard operated by the autonomous technology company Aptiv.
The other involved a driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas.
Nobody was injured in any of the crashes, officials said. As part of a pilot program, Aptiv and ride-hailing company Lyft have provided more than 5,000 accident-free trips in autonomous cars along the Las Vegas Strip.
The two crashes, one on February and one in March, were not part of the Lyft program and were the fault of the other driver, officials said. Only one occurred while the car was in autonomous mode, with that vehicle being rear-ended, officials said.
The AAA driverless shuttle downtown, meanwhile, has provided more than 27,000 rides since it began operations in November 2017 and has been involved in just one minor crash, officials said.
On Nov. 8, the first day of a yearlong pilot program, a delivery truck backed into the shuttle, police said. None of the eight passengers on the free shuttle was hurt, police said.
Aptiv has a fleet of 52 autonomous BMWs on Las Vegas Valley roads, with 20 involved in the Lyft program, which is expected to increase to 30 by the end the year, officials said. The Aptiv cars on the Lyft network are on the road 20 hours a day, seven days a week.
It’s an ongoing experiment. I often find myself in a situation while driving that I’m pretty sure an AI would fail. Some roads, lines, etc. are terrible.