AI News, You Can Now Hail a Self-Driving Lyft in This U.S. City

You Can Now Hail a Self-Driving Lyft in This U.S. City

From Wednesday, some passengers in Boston were able to hail a self-driving car through their Lyft rideshare app as part of a highly anticipated trial of autonomous vehicles in the city.

Part of its purpose 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.” For more on autonomous vehicles, watch Fortune’s video:

Lyft’s self-driving pilot with nuTonomy begins rolling out in Boston

Lyft is beginning its self-driving car pilot with self-driving car 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.

It looks like the project is going to get out the door by the end of the year, which is a good sign for the company looking to capitalize on not only a pile of goodwill in the ridesharing industry but also getting the tech up and rolling.

It will give some select consumers access to the sort of future-is-here experience of getting in a self-driving car for two companies that seem to be relatively unknown in a market populated by Waymo and Uber, which are both looking to create a massive network of self-driving cars.

Waymo, Lyft team up on self-driving cars

Waymo and Lyft announced Sunday that they're working together to launch self-driving car pilots.

The partnership is the latest indicator that fully autonomous vehicles will soon be common on some U.S. streets.

Waymo is widely seen as the global leader in the software needed to power a self-driving car.

By teaming with Lyft, it gains access to millions of people already using the Lyft app to find a ride.

General Motors said in a statement early Monday that it continues to work with Lyft on various aspects of its business, and the Waymo partnership would have no effect on its relationship with Lyft.

Uber's self-driving car program is currently in crisis as it battles a lawsuit from rival Waymo over allegations of stolen technology.

Will self-driving cars replace Uber and Lyft drivers?

Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft created an entire industry seemingly overnight.

Whether because of rogue CEOs, psychological mind games they play with drivers, or the fact that the insurance provided often falls short, it’s an uphill PR battle. One

Uber and Google, along with big car companies like Ford, are doing their best to make self-driving cars less science fiction and more science fact.

Put more bluntly, a member of Toyota’s autonomous car unit says that 'it's hard to program in human stupidity or someone who really tries to game the technology.' So

the potential outcome if it proves impossible to program driving etiquette into autonomous cars is that replacing human drivers simply doesn’t happen.

They’re hired on a contract basis, which means Uber provides low wages and doesn’t offer benefits that a salaried worker usually gets.

Uber and Lyft replace their drivers with self-driving cars, it’s not clear they’d save enough money to offset new, higher costs. Drivers

Buying tens of thousands of cars is no small feat, even for a company with as much money as Uber, especially when you consider that these aren’t your standard cars but vehicles full of sophisticated self-driving technology.

A partner in a venture capital firm with investments in autonomous vehicle development says he expects 'grocery store margins' for companies who take on their own fleets. So

speaking of that partnership, it was spurred on by the heated legal battle between Uber and Waymo over whether an Uber employee stole critical technology from his former employment at Waymo.

Drivers should also use personal finance best practices, like setting budgets and getting an emergency fund in place, for the seemingly-inevitable point when they’re no longer needed. In

There’s no silver bullet solution out there for it, but as politicians and others attempt to tackle the problem, it’s important that rideshare drivers aren’t left behind. Image:

Alphabet's Investment In Lyft Isn't Just About Uber. It's About a Fast-Moving Chinese Rival.

Google has been working on self-driving car technology since 2009, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Alphabet spun off the project as its own entity.

Around the same time, a member of Google’s self-driving car team departed to form his own self-driving vehicle startup, Otto, which Uber then acquired to advance its own self-driving car efforts.

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