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Lyft’s first self-driving car pilot is underway in Boston

Sheetal Sukhija - Thursday 7th December, 2017

BOSTON, U.S. - Rolling out its first self-driving car pilot, Lyft is sending autonomous vehicles developed by the startup NuTonomy for car trips in Boston.

Lyft’s first self-driving car pilot will pick up passengers in Boston’s Seaport district, a growing tech hub. 

While the cars are not completely driverless, there will be human safety drivers behind the wheel, they will be ready to take control when needed. 

According to the company, riders will randomly be paired with one of NuTonomy’s self-driving cars when they use the Lyft app in the Seaport area. 

NuTonomy has spun out of MIT in 2013 and was recently purchased by automotive supplier Delphi.

It has been operating self-driving cars in Boston since January. 

The firm has been testing in Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park - which is a small industrial zone that doesn’t fully represent the kinds of environments a driver would encounter around the city.

NuTonomy said in a blog post, “Our partnership with Lyft has two goals. First, we 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 our system, so that we can deliver an autonomous transportation experience that is extremely safe, efficient, and comfortable.”

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