Self-driving technology company Drive.ai and rideshare firm Lyft have announced a partnership to bring autonomous ridesharing to the San Francisco Bay Area.
The pilot will combine Drive.ai’s deep learning-based self-driving solution with Lyft's ridesharing network, providing insights into the effective use of autonomous vehicles.
Lyft will use the pilot to help optimise the passenger experience, while Drive.ai will seek to expand its technical capabilities as it develops a roadmap for broader commercialisation.
“Self-driving cars have the potential to save lives, reshape cities, and dramatically benefit the environment,” said Drive.ai CEO Sameep Tandon.
“Pilot programs like this are vital to build awareness and familiarity with autonomous vehicle technology, and Drive.ai is committed to working with great businesses like Lyft in order to do so.”
Taggart Matthiesen, senior director of product of Lyft, said: “We're thrilled to partner with Drive.ai to pilot self-driving cars in the Bay Area, and together help shape the future of transportation and ultimately the future of our communities.”
The pilot announcement follows Drive.ai’s recent $50 million Series B funding round, which it is using to pursue partnerships with business fleets.
Drive.ai harnesses deep learning in its technology, allowing its self-driving system to quickly learn driving routes and scenarios. The company’s focus is on powering fleets of vehicles with retrofitted kits, transforming traditional vehicles into self-driving ones.