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Lyft Will Demonstrate Self-Driving Cars In Las Vegas Next Week

Adnan Farooqui January 2, 2018


Lyft is one of the many companies that’s a player in the self-driving car space. It recently launched a pilot program in Boston to showcase the technology in partnership with nuTonomy. Lyft is expanding its partnership to nuTonomy’s parent company Aptiv to demonstrate self-driving cars in Las Vegas next week when the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 will be in town.

This demonstration is meant to showcase a real-life application of a scalable, automated driving technology that’s going to have a major impact on improving safety, emissions, and urban congestion, according to Aptiv President and CEO Kevin Clark.

Aptiv is going to provide the self-driving cars for this demonstration while Lyft will handle the dispatch. Lyft users will be able to hail rides in these autonomous cars around the Las Vegas strip area. They won’t be able to take these cars anywhere in the city, though. They will only offer point-to-point rides in more than 20 pre-defined areas.

Those who are interested will be able to request a self-driving ride from the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Gold Lot. Prior to their ride, they will be taken through an informative exhibit which will showcase the positive impact this technology can have on lives.

All self-driving cars will have a safety driver behind the wheel to take over should anything go wrong. There’s also going to be an in-car host. The self-driving rides will be available from January 9th to January 12th.

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Lyft’s New Partnership Makes It More Accessible For The Visually Impaired

Tyler Lee December 20, 2017

Earlier this year, Lyft introduced a new accessibility feature for those who are hearing impaired, but for those who might be visually impaired, not to worry as Lyft has something for you guys as well. The company has recently announced a partnership with Aira in which it will help improve the accessibility for those who are visually impaired.

For those unfamiliar with Aira, they are an assistive service with real-life trained agents that rely on AR/VR to help provide assistance to those who are visually impaired. According to Lyft, “Visually impaired riders can now use Lyft with Aira’s assistance, leveraging wearable smart glasses and an augmented reality dashboard to receive essential ride information.”

Aira adds, “Upon request, Aira agents can now initiate Lyft rides and convey important information about the ride, including the location of designated pick-up spots, estimated time of pick-up, and the estimated fare. They can also share the driver’s name and vehicle information to identify the ride, then track the ride, ensure the drop off location, and finally, as needed, provide navigational information to users as they walk the last 50 feet to their destination.”

Lyft has also announced a special promotion for Aira customers, where if they enter “AIRA” as a promotional code they can get $5 off two rides.

Lyft’s New Partnership Makes It More Accessible For The Visually Impaired , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Lyft’s New Partnership Makes It More Accessible For The Visually Impaired

Tyler Lee December 20, 2017

Earlier this year, Lyft introduced a new accessibility feature for those who are hearing impaired, but for those who might be visually impaired, not to worry as Lyft has something for you guys as well. The company has recently announced a partnership with Aira in which it will help improve the accessibility for those who are visually impaired.

For those unfamiliar with Aira, they are an assistive service with real-life trained agents that rely on AR/VR to help provide assistance to those who are visually impaired. According to Lyft, “Visually impaired riders can now use Lyft with Aira’s assistance, leveraging wearable smart glasses and an augmented reality dashboard to receive essential ride information.”

Aira adds, “Upon request, Aira agents can now initiate Lyft rides and convey important information about the ride, including the location of designated pick-up spots, estimated time of pick-up, and the estimated fare. They can also share the driver’s name and vehicle information to identify the ride, then track the ride, ensure the drop off location, and finally, as needed, provide navigational information to users as they walk the last 50 feet to their destination.”

Lyft has also announced a special promotion for Aira customers, where if they enter “AIRA” as a promotional code they can get $5 off two rides.

Lyft’s New Partnership Makes It More Accessible For The Visually Impaired , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Lyft Can Now Test Self-Driving Cars On California’s Public Roads

Adnan Farooqui November 22, 2017


California has already allowed several companies to test their self-driving cars on the state’s public roads and it has now added another to the list. Ride-sharing service Lyft has now been allowed to test its autonomous cars on public roads in California. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has permitted Lyft to carry out the tests. Some of you might be surprised to hear that Lyft is working in this space as well. The company actually set up a self-driving technology development center earlier this year.

Quite a few companies have been permitted by California to test their self-driving cars on public roads. These include Lyft rival Uber, Waymo, Tesla, Ford, and Mercedes Benz.

Given that Lyft now has a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads, it may not be long before it starts doing just that. Lyft’s self-driving ambitious aren’t secret. The company has talked about working with other autonomous technology providers and partners to bring cars that drive themselves on its platform.

The decision to obtain a permit to conduct the tests on its own also suggests that Lyft wants to play a bigger role in the development of the self-driving technology that it hopes will eventually be adopted for its platform.

Lyft Can Now Test Self-Driving Cars On California’s Public Roads , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Lyft’s First International Market Is Toronto, Canada

Adnan Farooqui November 13, 2017


The ridesharing service Lyft has announced that it’s finally expanding beyond its home market of the United States. The company has confirmed that the first international market of its ridesharing service is Toronto, Canada. The service will be going live there next month. Folks in the greater Toronto area and nearby Hamilton will be able to call a Lyft starting this December.

Riders will be able to hail normal Lyft cars that take up to four passengers. The other service options that will be available for customers in Canada include Lyft Plus, Lyft Premiere, Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV.

Lyft has started signing up potential drivers for the service in Toronto. It’s not going to be easy pickings for the company there, though. It’s biggest rival Uber has already been live in Toronto for quite some time now, five years to be precise.

While Lyft is yet to expand beyond North America, this goes to show that the company isn’t opposed to the idea of international expansion. Lyft will likely go live in other cities across Canada in the near future as well.

It may also be launched in a handful of other countries at some point in the future. Even though its international expansion starts next month, Lyft will need a lot of time to service all of the markets where Uber has already established its presence.

Lyft’s First International Market Is Toronto, Canada , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Uber & Lyft To Test Designated Pickup Spots In San Francisco

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

Unlike taxis in which there might be areas along the road or in malls where it has been designated as a taxi pickup zone, Uber and Lyft drivers do not have that privilege. However given Uber and Lyft’s business model and concept, we guess it doesn’t make sense for them to have designated pickup spots.

However over in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee has announced that the city has managed to strike up a deal with Uber and Lyft in which they will be testing out providing dedicated pickup spots for both services. However this won’t be “free” as Uber and Lyft are expected to provide traffic data from their apps.

What this means for Uber and Lyft drivers is that there will parking spaces along the sides of the road in San Francisco that will be marked and used as designated pickup and dropoff spots. Geofencing technology will be used in both Uber and Lyft’s apps for drivers to figure out which parking spots they can use and cannot use.

In a statement provided by Lyft spokesperson Chelsea Wilson, “Lyft looks forward to partnering with the Mayor’s Office. The details of the program are still being finalized, but we believe there is a way to share anonymized data that helps The City understand the current transportation environment while still protecting user privacy.” As for Uber, the company has stated they are “excited” to collaborate with the Mayor’s office.

Uber & Lyft To Test Designated Pickup Spots In San Francisco , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Lyft Gets $1 Billion From Google’s Parent Company

Adnan Farooqui October 19, 2017


It was first rumored last month that Google’s parent company was thinking about investing in ride-hailing platform Lyft. The rumors have turned out to be true. CapitalG, Alphabet’s growth investment fund, is leading a $1 billion investment round in Lyft. This latest financing round puts Lyft’s post-money valuation at $11 billion. Post-money valuation is a company’s value after financing from outside sources is added to its balance sheet.

This isn’t surprising at all. Google starting developing its self-driving car technology pretty early on. The autonomous driving efforts are now concentrated under Waymo, a division that’s now a part of Alphabet.

Alphabet is clearly interested in self-driving cars. Waymo previously confirmed that it’s going to work on a self-driving car project with Lyft. The $1 billion injection goes to show that the two companies are committed to taking their relationship forward.

It’s not like Google hasn’t invested in Uber as well. The company poured nearly $250 million in Uber back in 2013. The two companies though about collaborating on self-driving car technology back then. Things between Google and Uber have taken a turn for the worse, though.

Waymo and Uber are involved in a legal dispute as Waymo alleges that Uber is using its trade secrets for its self-driving car sensors.

Lyft has achieved new milestones this year. The company completed its 500 millionth ride this year and it’s service is now available to 95 percent of the U.S. population. The figure was at 54 percent at the start of this year.

Lyft Gets $1 Billion From Google’s Parent Company , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Ford And Lyft Announce Self-Driving Car Partnership

Adnan Farooqui September 27, 2017


Ford today announced a new partnership with ride-hailing service Lyft which will help both companies further their self-driving car ambitions. Ford has invested significant resources in its autonomous driving program and Lyft has been making its own moves. This partnership aims to help both companies progress toward a more affordable, dependable, and accessible future of self-driving cars.

This partnership fuses Lyft’s ride-hailing platform and Ford’s self-driving car technology in a way. That’s where their works begin. They envisage a future when a Lyft user opens up the app during a period of high demand and the software is capable of sending them a self-driving Ford car that can take them to wherever they need to go.

That’s the ultimate aim here and given that Ford has experience with self-driving car technology and large scale manufacturing, it can combine that with Lyft’s fleet management expertise to further their joint cause.

The problems that they will be figuring out include connecting their platforms together to dispatch self-driving cars, deciding which cities to launch this service in, and figuring out what kind of infrastructure will be necessary to service and maintain a fleet of autonomous cars to ensure that they are always available when a customer needs one.

As they continue to build their technology platform, Ford is going to deploy cars with human drivers behind the wheel on Lyft’s network. This will enable the company to test its platform interface to ensure compatibility with Lyft’s ride-hailing platform.

Eventually, Ford will connect its autonomous cars to Lyft’s network. Precisely when that’s going to happen remains to be seen.

Ford And Lyft Announce Self-Driving Car Partnership , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Alphabet Reportedly Considering $1 Billion Investment In Lyft

Tyler Lee September 18, 2017

In a report from Bloomberg, it seems that Google’s parent company could be considering making an investment to the tune of $1 billion in ride-hailing service Lyft. Both companies are said to have been in talks with each other, with the investment possibly coming from either Google or CapitalG, Alphabet’s private-equity arm.

It is unclear what Alphabet plans to gain from this investment, although it seems that it might have to do with self-driving cars and technology. Interestingly enough earlier this year Waymo and Lyft announced a partnership to develop the technology, and a couple of months later, Lyft announced that they would be looking to develop their own technology as well.

Presumably this investment could potentially give Alphabet a share in the company and if and when Lyft begins licensing out its self-driving tech to other carmakers in the future, Alphabet would stand to gain as well. However Bloomberg does note that this investment might not even happen since nothing is confirmed yet, so for all we know it may never come to fruition.

Also Bloomberg points out that Alphabet was an early investor in Uber, which is going to be tricky since not only is Uber a competitor to Lyft, but Waymo and Uber are currently embroiled in a lawsuit over alleged stolen intellectual property.

Alphabet Reportedly Considering $1 Billion Investment In Lyft , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.