Rideshare platform Lyft and self-driving software developer nuTonomy have announced a strategic R&D partnership that will see the two companies work together on the passenger experience in autonomous vehicles.
By aligning their technology platforms, the partners plan to gather research and insights into every aspect of passenger comfort and safety during autonomous vehicle journeys.
The collaboration will explore everything from the routing and booking of an autonomous vehicle ride, to the performance of the vehicle’s self-driving system and its communications with the rider.
“By combining forces with Lyft in the U.S., we’ll be positioned to build the best passenger experience for self-driving cars,” said Karl lagnemma, CEO and Co-founder of nuTonomy.
“Both companies care immensely about solving urban transportation issues and the future of our cities, and we look forward to working with Lyft as we continue to improve our autonomous vehicle software system.”
Logan Green, CEO and Co-founder of Lyft, said, “At Lyft, we imagine a world where car ownership is optional and cities are designed for people instead of cars.
“Partnering with nuTonomy is an important step towards making this vision a reality. The nuTonomy team is one of the first movers in autonomous vehicle development, and we look forward to working with them to bring their autonomous vehicles to the Lyft network.”
The R&D efforts will take place in Boston, where nuTonomy is already testing a fleet of self-driving cars.
Once the initial phase of the partnership is complete, Lyft and nuTonomy say that they will consider expanding it to provide additional insights into how an autonomous mobility-on-demand service might best be deployed in cities.
The partnership is not the first for the self-driving software developer. Last month, Peugeot parent company Groupe PSA announced that it will partner with nuTonomy for on-road trials of fully autonomous vehicles in Singapore later this year.