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Lyft And NuTonomy Launch Robo-Taxi Service In Boston 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Lyft, Reports, Tech on 12 7th, 2017


Lyft and autonomous driving company nuTonomy has rolled out a fleet of robo-taxis throughout Boston.

The two companies first publicized their partnership in June and authorities in Boston have only just granted the firms permission to offer Lyft users rides in fully-autonomous Renault Zoe models.

Mashable reports that the program has started in the city’s Seaport district and that all the autonomous taxis will have human drivers behind the wheel in case anything goes wrong. Beyond the program being a vital tool to improve Lyft’s and nuTonomy’s autonomous systems, the program will help to educate the public about driverless cars.

This isn’t nuTonomy’s first rodeo when it comes to a robotaxi service. In fact, it first rolled out the technology in the One-North business district of Singapore in August 2016.

Discussing the program in Boston last month, city mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Boston is ready to lead the charge on self-driving vehicles, and I am committed to ensuring autonomous vehicles will benefit Boston’s residents. This is an exciting step forward, and together with our public and private partners, we will continue to lead the way in creating a safe, reliable and equitable mobility plan for Boston’s residents.”

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Autonomous Ride-Sharing Fleets Could Slash Demand For Owner-Driven Sedans 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Lyft, Reports, Tech, Uber, video on 12 4th, 2017


A new study suggests that the rise of autonomous ride-sharing fleets could halve the demand for owner-driven sedans in the United States by 2030.

According to consulting firm KPMG, the likes of Uber and other ride-sharing companies will initially roll out fleets of autonomous taxis in densely populated urban and suburban areas. As more companies, including Waymo and General Motors, enter the market with their own alternatives, the cost of using a self-driving taxi will drop drastically.

The result? A potential fall from the current 5.4 million sedans sold in the U.S. annually to just 2.1 million, as many individuals and families will opt out of owning a vehicle and simply hail a ride instead, CNBC reports.

If the study’s findings come to fruition, there could be just three or four carmakers building small and midsize sedans in the U.S. by 2030.

For the moment, it appears as though the SUV and crossover markets won’t be dramatically affected by the introduction of autonomous fleets.

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Lyft Gets The Go-Ahead To Test Autonomous Cars In California 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Lyft, Reports, Tech on 11 24th, 2017


Lyft has become the latest company to be granted the green light to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in California.

The ride-hailing company hasn’t specified exactly when it intends to put the self-driving permit to use but the news comes about four months after Lyft said it will start to create its own autonomous technology.

Lyft is relatively late to the party when it comes to self-driving technologies but it hasn’t stopped that from holding it back. In fact, it has already formed partnerships with Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, NuTonomy, Drive.ai, and Waymo to deploy their respective technologies through its huge fleet of vehicles.

In receiving this permit, Lyft joins the likes of VW, Mercedes-Benz, Waymo, Delphi, GM, BMW, Honda, Ford, Baidu, NVIDIA, Subaru, Apple, Samsung, and Continental to be granted testing rights in California.

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Study Says Ride-Hailing Services Will Lead To Declining Car Sales 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Lyft, PHEV, Reports, Study, Uber on 11 14th, 2017


According to a study by IHS Markit, global car sales will be on the decline over the next two decades as consumers are set to embrace on-demand car-hailing services.

While about 80 million vehicles per year are currently sold in the U.S., Europe, China and India, these numbers are anticipated to drop to 54 million over the next 23 years.

The study also points to all-electric vehicles accounting for about 19% of all-sales by the year 2040, with plug-in hybrids accounting for another 14% of sales. Meanwhile, cars powered by petrol or diesel will make up about 62% of new car sales in the previously-mentioned markets.

“A great ‘automotive paradox’ – where more travel via car than ever, but fewer cars will be needed by individuals – will be a defining quality of the new automotive future,” said IHS Markit, vice chairman, Daniel Yergin, while adding that this shift is “just the beginning.”

The mobility service industry itself will buy more than 10 million cars in 2040 in the four markets analyzed in this study. This would mark a significant increase compared to the roughly 300,000 used in 2017, reports Autonews.

Ironically, even though fewer cars will be sold in the future, demand for petroleum is expected to go up, from the current 98 million barrels per day, to 115 million barrels in 2040 – however, it’s important to note that cars will only account for a third of total oil demand.

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Alphabet Leads A $1 Billion Financing Round In Lyft, Pushes Valuation To $11 billion 19
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Google, Lyft on 10 19th, 2017


Waymo is expected to launch its ride-hailing service soon but that hasn't stopped its parent company from leading a $1 billion financing round in Lyft.
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Ford To Deploy Self-Driving Vehicles With Lyft 29
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Ford, Lyft, Reports on 09 29th, 2017


Ford has just announced a partnership with Lyft which will see its autonomous vehicles deployed in the ride-hailing service’s platform by 2021.
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Google May Invest $1 Billion In Lyft 17
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Google, Lyft, Reports, Tech on 09 17th, 2017


Alphabet, Google's parent company, could invest up to $1 billion in ride-hailing company Lyft.
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FBI Investigating Uber Over Software To Track Lyft Drivers 12
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lyft, Reports, Tech, Uber on 09 12th, 2017


Uber is being investigated by the FBI over software it allegedly used to track Lyft drivers.
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GM Could Be Gearing Up To Battle Lyft And Uber 16
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in GM, Lyft, Reports, Uber on 08 16th, 2017


There's a saying that you should 'keep your friends close and your enemies closer' and it appears General Motors could be doing exactly that.
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Lyft Opening Its Own Autonomous Driving Division 21
Jul
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Lyft, Tech on 07 21st, 2017


Lyft will launch its own "self-driving division" with the goal of developing autonomous driving technology.
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Lyft Opening Its Own Autonomous Driving Division 21
Jul
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Lyft, Tech on 07 21st, 2017


Lyft will launch its own "self-driving division" with the goal of developing autonomous driving technology.
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Jaguar Land Rover Invests $25 Million In Lyft To Develop Driverless Technology 15
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Autonomous, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Lyft, Reports, Uber on 06 15th, 2017


Jaguar Land Rover announced the investment of $25 million in Lyft through its innovation arm InMotion.

The Tata group-owned British company will also provide the ride-hailing company with a fleet of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and work with them in developing autonomous car technologies, following the example of GM and Google’s Waymo who’ve also partnered with Lyft.
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Lyft Readying Autonomous Rides For Boston-Based Users 7
Jun
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Lyft, Renault Zoe, Reports, Tech on 06 7th, 2017


Ride-hailing firm Lyft is getting ready to pick up Boston area customers in self-driving cars following an alliance with autonomous tech startup NuTonomy.
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Lyft Readying Autonomous Rides For Boston-Based Users 7
Jun
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Lyft, Renault Zoe, Reports, Tech on 06 7th, 2017


Ride-hailing firm Lyft is getting ready to pick up Boston area customers in self-driving cars following an alliance with autonomous tech startup NuTonomy.
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People Don’t Trust Ride-Sharing Companies To Build Self-Driving Cars 29
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Lyft, Reports, Tech, Uber on 05 29th, 2017


According to a recently-published survey, very few people trust ride-sharing companies to build autonomous vehicles.
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