Most Lyft rides in U.S. will be autonomous within five years

first_imgMotor Mouth: Is Uber pitching a pipe dream?Autonomous cars and ride-hailing will be essential to helping cities handle an influx of residents in the coming years as the world becomes more urbanized, he said. Once that happens, there will be less need for parking, freeing up space for parks and other uses, Zimmer added.Zimmer’s five-year prediction may be overly ambitious because the technology for cars that carry people on their own likely won’t be ready for at least a decade, said Timothy Carone, a Notre Dame professor and author of “Future Automation: Changes to Lives and to Businesses.”Instead, Carone predicts that operators in remote locations will take control of cars if they run into situations they can’t handle, similar to how the military pilots drones.“Cars in New York or driving on superhighways can be autonomous but be monitored by someone at an Uber or Lyft centre who can monitor many cars at once,” Carone said. Trending Videos Zimmer said autonomous cars will start out giving rides at low speeds, around 25 miles per hour, in limited areas with a number of restrictions. The cars also won’t be able to operate in bad weather.“As technology improves, these cars will be able to drive themselves in more and more situations,” Zimmer said.RELATED Within five years, a majority of Lyft’s rides will be in self-driving cars, the company’s co-founder and president predicted.John Zimmer also said that personal car ownership will come to an end because autonomous rides will become a cheaper way to travel than owning an automobile. He made the predictions in an essay on the future of transportation in urban areas.Technology, auto and ride-hailing companies are moving quickly toward self-driving vehicles. San Francisco-based Lyft is testing autonomous cars on the streets of San Francisco and Phoenix in partnership with GM. Its main competitor, Uber, is starting to carry passengers around Pittsburgh in autonomous cars with a human backup driver. Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisementcenter_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The prospect of autonomous cars will change the business models for both Uber and Lyft, which now let riders use cellphone apps to summon independent human drivers with their own cars. It’s likely the ride-hailing companies would own the self-driving cars, which would cut their biggest expense – payments to drivers. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 See that pink moustache? You might see it around on more GM vehicles, thanks to the company’s new partnership with Lyft. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSNewsJohn ZimmerNew YorkPhoenixPittsburghSan FranciscoTimothy CaroneUnited Stateslast_img read more