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Motional and Lyft launch driverless ride service in Los Angeles

Motional and Lyft plan to launch a fully driverless ride service in Los Angeles. The service will use Motional’s Ioniq 5-based all-electric axis robot and will be the first time Los Angeles residents can request an autonomous vehicle in the Lyft app.

Los Angeles is the second city in Lyft and Motional’s multi-city partnership, following Las Vegas, where the two companies run public rides in Motional’s Ioniq 5 self-driving vehicles.

By integrating Motional’s Level 4 AVs on the Lyft platform, passengers in Los Angeles will have access to a ridesharing network with multiple modes of transportation, which will include autonomous vehicles and traditional carpooling, to get passengers where they need to be. go.

Logan Green, CEO and Co-Founder of Lyft, said, “Los Angeles was the second city Lyft launched in 2013 and it’s only fitting that this is the second AV market we’re launching with our partner Motional.

“Scaling AVs only works if passengers can get a reliable ride, whether self-driving or not, and with Motional, Lyft will transform AV technology into transportation for Angelenos everywhere.”

Karl Iagnemma, President and CEO of Motional, said, “This is an exciting next step for Motional and Lyft as we bring robotaxis to Lyft users in Los Angeles for the first time.

“Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the United States and represents a huge market opportunity for AV adoption. This service will build on the five years of business experience we already have with Lyft and provide passengers in Los Angeles with a driverless experience that prioritizes safety, is affordable, and supports the city’s commitment to improving mobility.

Motional and Lyft both bring strong knowledge of the Los Angeles market. Los Angeles is one of Lyft’s largest rideshare markets, and Motional has had an operational and technical presence in the city since 2016.

Motional and Lyft see autonomous vehicles contributing to an improved and friendlier mobility ecosystem in Los Angeles. Motional’s autonomous vehicles have traveled millions of miles in diverse environments without any at-fault incidents, and are developed to recognize and react safely to vulnerable road users, helping to create a safe shared road experience.

Safer mobility is especially critical in Los Angeles, where traffic fatalities increased 21% in 2021 and pedestrian injuries also increased 35%, which is why Motional and Lyft are working closely with local authorities and organizations to realize the potential benefits of autonomous technology.

According to research from Lyft, Californians are more interested in self-driving vehicles than the rest of the country, making Los Angeles an attractive market to launch and eventually scale self-driving vehicles.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “If we are to deliver on our commitment to reduce traffic congestion while reducing emissions, we must provide Angelenos with real alternatives to owning their own vehicles.

“Motional and Lyft have been true leaders in shaping the future of mobility in our city – and we look forward to working closely with them to safely introduce autonomous vehicles to our growing list of transportation options. “

Kevin Shin, Deputy Director of BikeLA (formerly LA County Bicycle Coalition), says, “Over the past few years, Lyft has introduced new transportation options — from carpooling to bike sharing to mass transit — with the goal of to provide new opportunities to move, to open the door to more advocates who will fight for safer streets in LA County and across the country.

“With the introduction of Motional’s self-driving vehicles to the Lyft network, we are excited about the potential for this technology to play a role in the transportation landscape to make the entire Los Angeles area a healthier, safer, and more secure place to be. fun for walking and cycling. ”