Lyft ditches Google Maps for Right here, companions with Argo AI

A woman in an umbrella walks to her Lyft.
Enlarge / Lyft will swap its map supplier from Google to Right here.

Lyft

The ride-hailing firm Lyft is altering up its maps, which till now have been powered by Google. Lyft will now use Here as an alternative. Lyft says the swap will imply a greater search database for locations and addresses in addition to extra correct predicted arrival occasions—two vital issues for a ride-hailing firm to get proper.

“Over the previous six months, we now have labored in collaboration with Lyft to implement and check our sturdy vacation spot catalog that helps riders get to extra locations in cities throughout North America. Our companies are actually enriching the Lyft community, spearheading innovation within the rideshare business,” stated Right here CEO Edzard Overbeek.

There could also be different motivations for the swap. In line with Lyft’s head of rideshare, Ashwin Raj, the swap will “enhance the effectivity of our market,” however the press launch additionally explicitly mentions conserving person information non-public.

Lyft additionally has a brand new driverless tech companion. Prior to now, the corporate has dabbled in creating an in-house functionality, however in April, Lyft sold off its internal self-driving division to a subsidiary of Toyota.

This is Argo AI's fourth-generation autonomous vehicle, built using the Ford Escape Hybrid.
Enlarge / That is Argo AI’s fourth-generation autonomous automobile, constructed utilizing the Ford Escape Hybrid.

Argo AI

Working with exterior autonomous driving companions appears to be going higher, although, as Lyft gives the mandatory ride-hailing element to seek out individuals to trip in robotaxis being developed by different corporations. Lyft labored with Aptiv and Motional in Las Vegas, with plans to launch a robotaxi service utilizing electrical Hyundai Ioniq 5s within the metropolis in 2023. And Lyft has helped Waymo begin actual commercial operations in Arizona.

Now, Lyft will companion with Argo AI, the autonomous driving firm with large investments from Ford and Volkswagen. Lyft is getting a 2.5 p.c stake in Argo and, along with Argo and Ford, will start including robotaxis (with security drivers) to its community in Miami later this 12 months and Austin, Texas, in 2021.

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