The driving license staff Lyft has reached an important milestone in its self-driving car program by successfully delivering more than 50,000 journeys, making it the most visited American program of its kind.
According to the company, the milestone is a tenfold increase compared to the total in August 2018 when the program announced it reached 5,000 journeys.
The program currently operates 30 modified BMW's within a 20 square mile area in Las Vegas, where it delivers drivers to some of the hardest hit areas of the city, such as the Las Vegas strip.
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Lyft has become the largest ride hailing program that allows users to take self-driving vehicles. With partner Aptive, the program has facilitated more than 50,000 journeys
Lyft says the precedent is important not only for the huge number of attractions, but also for the reported quality.
The average ride score was 4.97 out of 5 stars and 92% of those riders reported & # 39; very & # 39; or & # 39; extreme & # 39; feel safe, the company reports.
For a long time, safety figures have been one of the most important statistics of starting self-driving programs that have seen an enormous challenge in overcoming the concerns of drivers about abandoning artificial intelligence.
In the case of Lyft, however, even the latest radiant safety ratings from its customers cannot represent a true approval stamp.
All self-driven rides of the company are accompanied by a human co-pilot who is able to intervene if necessary – a presence that may have served to build the confidence of his passengers.
Lyft, which launched its program using Aptiv's technology, has not publicly stated when or whether it will take the next step to get fully autonomous vehicles on the road or whether it plans to run the program outside of Las Vegas extend.
Lyft & # 39; s program is perhaps the most tested, but other competitors such as Waymo have also rolled out their own tests, including a fleet of self-propelled cargo aircraft in Phoenix and its trip reports, Waymo One.
Uber also recently announced an investment of $ 1 billion to make its self-driving car pay off.
Waymo has also made steady progress in self-driving taxi combat and is currently testing a fleet of self-driving trucks in Phoenix
Despite the fact that there are more semi-autonomous cars on the road than ever before, full automation remains completely out of reach due to the complexity of both visibility and perception in the process of safely navigating through a vehicle.
According to MIT Technology Reviewin the US, one passenger dies once in about 1 million hours of aggregate driving. By eliminating fatalities with texting and / or driving while under the influence, that figure would be roughly fatal in about 10 million hours.
Currently, the report states that once every tens of thousands of hours, self-driving systems fail to perceive something on the road that makes them under the power of human-operated vehicles.
Another obstacle to the future of autonomous travel will be less dependent on technology and more dependent on the laws that surround it.
While self-steering is making progress, fully autonomous vehicles are still hampered by technology and regulations. Safety is the key to the last obstacles. Stock image
As noted by MIT, supervisors will be entrusted with the adoption of a comprehensive set of guidelines and safety standards that both protect consumers and allow step-by-step progress.
For now, companies are focusing on establishing the basis.
Recently, one self-driving company, Cruise, supported by General Motors, showed significant progress in an area that most skilled human drivers feel comfortable at least: making left-turn turns.
According to Cruise, their car safely has 1,400 & # 39; unprotected & # 39; left-hand turns – meaning there is no specific signal or traffic pattern – in 24 hours.
Although seemingly everyday, curvy curves that cross oncoming traffic are part maneuver and part social interaction – drivers often have to negotiate & # 39; with their fellow drivers before they decide who drives when.
Even people are 10 times more likely to have an accident when making a left turn as reported by the Washington Post.
WHAT ARE THE SIX LEVELS OF SELF-DRIVEN AUTOMATION?
Level Zero – The full-time performance by the human driver of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even when improved by warning or intervention systems.
Level one – A small amount of control is achieved by the system, such as adaptive braking if a car gets too close.
Level two – The system can control the speed and direction of the car so that the driver can temporarily take his hands off, but he must always keep an eye on the road and be ready to take over the car.
Level Three – The driver does not always have to check the system in some specific cases, such as in high manners, but must be ready to resume control if the system requests it.
Level four – The system can automatically withstand all situations within a defined use, but it may not be able to cope with all weather conditions or road conditions. System will rely on high definition mapping.
Level five – Full automation. The system can handle all weather, traffic and light conditions. It can go anywhere, at any time under all circumstances.
Tesla & # 39; s Model 3 Sedan – one of & # 39; the world's most advanced road-legal cars & # 39; s with autonomous elements – currently operates on level 2 autonomy. It is equipped for level three autonomy, which may be introduced in a future software update
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