Lyft has now announced kick starting an independent self-driving car division. The cab aggregator service will open the self-driving cars development center, Level 5, call in Palo Alto within the next few weeks. In order to push autonomous vehicles which they believe will comprise ‘a majority of their rides’ by the year 2021, Lyft is setting up its centers rather than being dependent on other self-driving vehicle units. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealedAlso Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
According to Business Insider, once Lyft’s Level 5 is setup, the company foresees to get over hundred employees working at its research and development facility by the end of the year 2018. The center will supposedly have sections for a vehicle, labs, partner representatives from the auto industry. The cab aggregator firm believes it is better to team up and collaborate with other players who are already involved in the self-driving industries. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
The company also outlined its plans to develop a hardware and software program which when plugged in will enable a car to be autonomous. We re going to be creating that technology, developing that technology, and then working with partners in the auto industry who are going to be creating the vehicles, bringing the two together, and also putting those on the Lyft network, says Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s chief strategy officer.
Lyft’s rival Uber announced similar plans as well a year ago. However, the company has since been involved in a legal spat with Waymo‘s self-driving units. The self-driving units announcement made by Lyft comes at a time when its rival is missing in action. According to reports, it has already teamed up with experienced car biggies like General Motors, Waymo, NuTonomy, and Jaguar Land Rover. Also, in order to make its autonomous cars intelligent and efficient whenever it hits roads, the company has started to collect data from currently deployed Lyft vehicles. ALSO READ: US court orders Waymo to disclose details of Lyft deal to Uber
Better late than never! Lyft has certainly been very late in taking the big decision as competitors have been exploring possibilities for long now. Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving unit has been into exploration over seven years while Uber made few of its self-driving cars available in centers such as Pittsburgh in the year 2016. On the other hand, car manufacturers like GM, NuTonomy have been trying their self-driving cars for over years now.