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Lyft, NuTonomy Start Self-Driving Ride-Share Pilot in Boston

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Friday, 08 December 2017 12:16 PM

Lyft and self-driving car startup nuTonomy are introducing a self-driving car pilot program in Boston to match up riders with automated vehicles.

The program will be limited to a small part of the city, but the tests in those areas will play an important role in the ride-share app and self-driving car startup expanding their program in the future, Tech Crunch reported.

The Boston Herald reported this week that Lyft/nuTonomy riders will be limited to areas where nuTonomy's cars are permitted to drive, including the Seaport neighborhood and to South Station.

The newspaper said that nuTonomy gave its pilot program a pre-test last month, running dozens of passengers to South Station.

Tech Crunch said that select Boston riders will have access to "the sort of future-is-here experience" with the cars as competitors like Waymo and Uber that are both working on creating their own self-driving car network.

"Our partnership with Lyft has two goals," nuTonomy wrote in a statement on its website. "First, we want to let members of the public experience driverless vehicles firsthand, so they can better understand the impact this new technology will have on their lives.

"Second, based on feedback from pilot participants, nuTonomy's engineers will adapt and improve our system, so that we can deliver an autonomous transportation experience that is extremely safe, efficient, and comfortable. Today's rides represent yet another milestone in nuTonomy's banner year," the statement continued.

Lyft chief executive and cofounder Logan Green said his company and nuTonomy are trying to stay with the industry trend with automated vehicle, according to The Drive.

"We see a future where car ownership is optional," Green said during a conference call announcing the partnership, per The Drive. He added that while research continued, he sees "thousands of nuTonomy cars on the Lyft platform" in the future.

Green said he predicts that ride sharing will account for 80 percent of vehicle miles traveled in "a couple of decades," with autonomous vehicles pushing the trend, The Drive reported.

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