Aptiv, Delphi’s autonomous vehicle division, and ride-sharing leader Lyft, announced a partnership to bring self-driving cars to Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show next week (Jan. 9-12).
Last September, Delphi, which has its North American headquarters in Troy, formed Aptiv to take over its autonomous vehicle technology branch, while Detroit-based General Motors has invested more than $500 million in Lyft.
“This partnership represents a real-life application of scalable, automated driving technology that will have a significant impact on improving safety, emissions, and urban congestion challenges,” says Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Aptiv. “Aptiv’s automated driving platform is the most advanced automated system available, and combined with Lyft’s intuitive user app, will allow CES attendees to have a true point-to-point self-driving experience. It is an exciting demonstration of the future of mobility at work.”
In 2017, Lyft announced plans to enable self-driving developers and car manufacturers to plug into its network of nearly one million rides per day. Aptiv’s automated driving platform will be integrated with Lyft’s smart dispatching technology for a seamless consumer experience to hail rides around the Las Vegas Strip area.
Operating in complex driving environments with pick-up and drop-off locations will accelerate the availability of automated driving platforms for commercial applications.
“Lyft’s mission is to build the world’s best transportation ecosystem in partnership with the most advanced self-driving technology and automotive companies,” says Logan Green, CEO of Lyft, which is based in San Francisco. “Partnering with Aptiv for our open platform brings us one step closer to making our vision a reality.”