Self-driving cars are far from coming to the mainstream, but new technology often starts at CES. Which is perhaps why on-demand cab company, Lyft, decided to run a self-driving car at CES in Las Vegas next week. The car will have a safety driver inside, just in case something goes wrong, but it will drive autonomously as far as possible. The difference here is that these cars will only be available between 20 pre-programmed location.
The car will have a safety driver inside, just in case something goes wrong, but it will drive autonomously as far as possible.
That makes sense, since self-driving cars are far from being ready for the big game right now. Driving to pre-programmed locations allows the car to run in a more controlled environment, reducing the risk of mishaps.
Lyft’s cars will pick up passengers from the Gold Lot at the Las Vegas Convention Center between January 9 and 12. The cars chosen are BMW 5 series sedans and passengers will receive a short lecture on automated driving and its importance before taking a ride on the vehicles. According to Aptiv, the company providing the self driving BMWs, the initiative will “showcase the positive impact automated cars will have on individual lives and communities”.