Lyft and nuTonomy begin Boston self-driving programme

Ride-sharing platform Lyft today announced the first public self-driving rides available through its app, powered by technology from autonomous vehicle company nuTonomy.

Select passengers using the Lyft network in Boston’s Seaport District will be able to hail one of nuTonomy’s self-driving cars.

Lyft said that the rides would be conducted “in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements”.

The companies announced a partnership earlier this year to work together on the passenger experience in autonomous vehicles.

Lyft and nuTonomy plan to use feedback from early participants to help them understand and improve the consumer experience in self-driving vehicles.

The announcement comes soon after it was revealed that Volvo has signed a framework agreement with Uber that will see it supply tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible vehicles to the ride-sharing company.