Automotive technology company Aptiv, formerly known as Delphi, revealed that a fleet of 30 self-driving cars deployed in Las Vegas, in a partnership with on-demand transportation company Lyft, has completed 5,000 paid rides since these vehicles were offered to the public last May.
“Hitting 5,000 consumer rides is a major milestone, not just for Aptiv and Lyft, but for the entire mobility space. This is the first of its kind commercial self-driving program, and we are proud to be offering autonomous vehicles for public use today,” said in a statement Glen De Vos, Aptiv's chief technology officer and president.
Each car in the program has a backup driver in case the system fails, but the companies wouldn’t say how many disengagements, when the vehicle forces the driver to take the wheel, they’ve recorded over so far, nor would they disclose the total miles driven.
The self-driving hardware and software is developed by Aptiv, while the ride requests and payments are handled by Lyft. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company has also worked with NuTonomy, a subsidiary of Aptiv, on a self-driving pilot in Boston, which has since ended.