A new totally driverless ride-hailing service is set to begin in Las Vegas, with the city serving as the pilot city.
It’s the result of a collaboration between Lyft and Motional, a startup attempting to make self-driving technology more widespread. They claim that the robotaxis will begin transporting public passengers in Las Vegas next year, with a full commercial debut planned by 2023.
Lyft will pick you up and take you where you need to go in a fully autonomous taxi in Las Vegas, the first of several cities where the service will be available.
Motional developed the autonomous system, which is currently being tested on a track in Las Vegas. When the program begins next year, Motional says it will be deploying all-electric Hyundai Ioniq-5s on southern Nevada streets.
For the past three years, the same corporation has been operating a self-driving service in Las Vegas under the name Aptiv. The main difference is that in case of an emergency, those cars still had a human behind the wheel, whereas these next-generation robotaxis will not.