The service will use Motional’s next generation robotaxi, the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5-based robotaxi. - Photo: Lyft

The service will use Motional’s next generation robotaxi, the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5-based robotaxi.

Photo: Lyft

Lyft announced a deployment partnership with Motional to launch their fully driverless vehicles on the Lyft network in 2023 in multiple U.S. cities, according to the company's press release.

This marks the first deployment partnership between a rideshare company and a driverless technology provider for a transportation service, according to the announcment. 

“After pioneering a self-driving pilot with Motional for the last three years, it’s fitting that our first commercial open platform deployment partnership for driverless cars would be with them,” said Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s CSO and head of AV business. “This partnership represents a shared mobility vision, where human drivers and self-driving cars work together to empower people to get where they need to go, without having to own a car.”

Motional will develop and manage the fleet of driverless cars while Lyft will power the rideshare network and rider experience.

“This agreement is a testament to our global leadership in driverless technology. We’re at the frontier of transportation innovation, moving robotaxis from research to road,” said Karl Iagnemma, president and CEO, Motional.  “Our aim is to not only build safe, reliable, and accessible driverless vehicles, but to deliver them at significant scale.  We’re partnering with Lyft to do exactly that.”

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