You Can Now Hail a Self-Driving Lyft in This US City

Lloyd Doyle
December 7, 2017

A startup created by former engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, nuTonomy deployed a small number of vehicles for the world's first self-driving taxis previous year in Singapore.

Lyft is beginning its self-driving auto pilot with self-driving auto company nuTonomy in Boston as it looks to ramp up its self-driving efforts, and is now matching its riders with self-driving vehicles in parts of Boston, nuTonomy said today.

The company said some Boston passengers in the Seaport area will be matched with self-driving vehicles when they request rides through Lyft. Part of its objective is to get members of the public acquainted with self-driving cars, NuTonomy says in a press release, and based on their feedback "adapt and improve our system, so that we can deliver an autonomous transportation experience that is extremely safe, efficient, and comfortable".


The second objective is to get feedback from initial testers so nuTonomy can continue to improve the experience and make it safer, more comfortable and more efficient. These rides mark the first-ever public pilot between a ridesharing company and an autonomous vehicle company in the United States.

NuTonomy already ran its own pilot tests last month, ferrying dozens of passengers to South Station. Through partnerships with fantastic brands like Lyft, we're assembling a robust autonomous vehicle ecosystem - one that will make safe and low-priced transportation available to individuals in cities worldwide.

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