AUSTIN, Texas — If you use rideshares, getting around Austin is about to be a little bit different.
Lyft is now offering the option of a self-driving car for the same price as a normal ride. Austin joins Miami and Las Vegas as the third city where Lyft riders can hail an autonomous ride.
Here's how it will work:
- Use the mobile Lyft app as they normally would to hail a ride
- If a Ford AV is available, riders can select the option directly from the Lyft app, without the need to join a waitlist
- When the vehicle arrives, the rider can unlock the doors via the app, start and enjoy their ride
- Riders can even contact customer support from within the Lyft app
Lyft isn't the only rideshare company putting autonomous vehicles on the streets.
Last year, Ford, Lyft and Argo AI announced a partnership to bring a fleet of self-driving vehicles to Austin. The group now has about 20 self-driving cars on Austin streets but, right now, it still has a testing specialist in each car's driver's seat.
Back in 2015, Wyamo became the first company to test computer-driven vehicles in Austin, according to the Austin Business Journal.
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