Lyft announced today that it would soon begin testing its autonomous vehicles at GoMentum Station, a 5,000-acre test field in Concord, California. The vehicles you plan to test are being designed and developed by Lyft's own engineering team. It is an important change for the company of great affluence that, in general, has been based on partners with more advanced technology.
Lyft did not provide an update on the progress of their cars without a driver, in addition to two photos that tell us little about the type of technology that the company relies on to fuel their vehicles. Although it is the second supplier of hail in the United States, it is still way behind its rival, Uber, which has deployed autonomous vehicles on public roads in several cities.
Lyft still lags behind Uber in the self-control race
For a while, it looked as if Lyft was satisfied with his position as the network to attract the driverless cars of other companies. The company had partnerships with almost all leading manufacturers, including Waymo, GM, Jaguar-Land Rover, Ford, NuTonomy, Aptiv and Drive.ai. But last July, the company announced that it would invest in the construction of its own "complete package" of hardware and software for cars that circulate on their own.
He opened a new 50,000 square foot engineering facility in Palo Alto to house his new engineering team led by former Google Maps assistant Luc Vincent. And although their autonomous cars are still in their infancy, the tests at GoMentum Station are a sign that Lyft is ready to move on to the next level.
"At Lyft, we believe in a future where driverless cars make transportation safer and more accessible to everyone," said Vincent, vice president of engineering at Lyft, in a statement. "By partnering with GoMentum Station, we can test our autonomous driving systems in a secure facility and advance our technology in an efficient manner."
The GoMentum station is one of 10 officially designated autonomous test vehicle fields identified by the US Department of Transportation. UU In 2017 as a way to help establish the direction of policy development procedures and tests in the future. Both Honda and Toyota are currently testing vehicles that drive there. It has about 20 miles of paved roads and a group of barracks and buildings that provide an urban environment. It is also a safe place where companies can test cars away from the prying eyes of their competitors.
Other companies also rely on their own test sites. Waymo has its own testing ground at Castle, in central California, while Uber tests its vehicles at a private location in Pittsburgh.