According to reports, Lyft and Motional will launch robotic taxi services in multiple cities in the United States in 2023. The driverless cars are provided by Motional, a company established by Hyundai Motor and auto component manufacturer Aptiv Plc. The driverless cars are based on the Hyundai platform.
Lyft already has a driving and ride sharing network in the United States, and robot taxis will also integrate into this network in the future. The cooperation between Lyft and Motional is not an exclusive cooperation, but in the past 3 years, the two sides have always had practical cooperation projects in Las Vegas.
Waymo has launched a commercial robotic taxi service in Phoenix. Previously, Lyft introduced Waymo driverless cars in the Phoenix driving and ride sharing network.
Which cities will be the first to deploy robot taxis? How many cars will be deployed? Lyft and Motional did not elaborate. Companies such as Cruise and Argo are also testing driverless cars in some U.S. cities, but it is not certain when they will officially launch commercial services.
Cruise's major shareholder is General Motors, and Honda also owns some equity. Ford and Volkswagen are Argo shareholders.