While in Uber plan to launch unmanned taxis by 2020, other companies also do not sit idle. Service Lyft, one of the largest competitors of Uber, announced that it will very soon acquire its own unmanned vehicles. To this end, the company signed an agreement with a startup Drive.ai, specializing in the development of software for autopilots.
The first cars with an autopilot will start to take passengers from San Francisco, but to count on the mass transfer of Lyft to unmanned vehicles is not worthwhile – until there are only a few of them. Order an unmanned taxi can be through the application, but there too there are nuances: in case something goes wrong, the driver will still be sitting in the cabin, so that fans can chat with taxi drivers in vain not to be upset ahead of time.
In addition, the company representatives do not plan to completely switch to autonomous cars in the future, after all the taxi service is not only trips from point A to point B, the human factor is important here. A driver can do many things that are not available for artificial intelligence or autopilot.
Nevertheless, Lyft cooperates with the developers of autopilots and maps for autonomous driving systems. In July of this year the company began teamwork with the startup Lvl5. Lyft drivers will shoot the road to DVRs, and Lvl5 developers will use video-captured videos to create their own 3D maps.
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