The city of Los Angeles in the United States will soon be able to boast of autonomous taxis, with the companies Lyft and Motional being the ones that will offer such a service. It is expected that the service will expand to other major urban areas across the Ocean in the coming period.
Starting later this year, Los Angeles will have a fully autonomous taxi service. The fleet of the two companies mentioned earlier is composed of several Hyundai Ioniq 5 models. It should be noted, however, that all these cars have been modified specifically for this type of ride-sharing service, thus becoming compatible with the developed level 4 autonomous driving technology by those from Motional.
According to studies done in recent months by Lyft, residents of the state of California are interested in the idea of trying such a service. Thus, most of the people surveyed said they were curious about how a fully autonomous taxi might work. In fact, the state of California has always been an attractive market for testing autonomous driving technologies.
The service will be expanded to other areas of the United States
If everything goes as it should in Los Angeles, officials of the two companies aim to expand the autonomous ride-sharing service to other large cities in the United States of America. A first concrete example in this sense would be Las Vegas. However, there is still no concrete timetable for the implementation of such a service in other cities of the country.
Motional officials claim that such an autonomous ride-sharing service will prove extremely useful in the long run. Aside from the benefits that customers will enjoy, the company’s management says that the adoption of such a self-driving service will lead to a decrease in the number of serious accidents in the city. In 2021, the number of accidents increased by 21%, a worrying percentage for the American authorities.
Source: Promotor by www.promotor.ro.
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