Of lyft The self-propelled vehicle division has begun testing on public roads in California several months after the COVID-19 pandemic stopped operations.
Lyft’s Level 5 program said that on Tuesday some of its autonomous vehicles are back on the road in Palo Alto and on its closed test track. The company has not resumed a pilot program that provides rides to Lyft employees in Palo Alto.
The company said it is following CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment and surface cleaning. It has also taken several additional security measures to prevent the spread of COVID. Each autonomous test vehicle is equipped with a partition to separate the two safety operators, the company said. Operators should wear a face shield and present it for a temperature check. They stay together for two weeks at a time.
The Lyft’s Level 5 program – SAE is a node of automatic driving level meaning the vehicle handles all driving under all conditions – operated in July 2017 but did not begin testing on California’s public roads until November 2018. Lyft created the test program and its fleet of tampering with it. By the end of 2019, Lyft was running four times more autonomous miles per month than it had been six months earlier.
Lyft tested 19 autonomous vehicles on public roads in California in 2019, according to the California Motor Vehicles Department, the primary agency that controls AVs in the states. According to Lyft’s annual report released in February, 19 vehicles operating during the December 198 to November 2019 reporting period covered approximately 43,000 miles in autonomous mode. While it is a smaller figure than other companies such as Argo AI, Cruise and Waymo, it represents progress within the program.
Lyft has complemented its on-road testing with simulations, a strategy it relies on more heavily during COVID-related shutdowns. And it will probably continue on emulation as local governments lift the ban and the economy reopens.
Simulation is an effective way to create additional control, iteration and security, according to a blog post released on Tuesday by Robert Morgan, director of engineering and Sameer Qureshi, director of product management at Level 5, the pair said simulation Also allowed level 5 units to test their work without their vehicles, without employees leaving their desks, and for the last few months, without leaving their homes. Level 5 employs over 400 people in London, Munich and the United States.
Using simulation in the development of autonomous vehicle technology is a well-established tool in the industry. Lyft’s approach to data – which he uses to improve his simulations – is what sets the company apart from competitors. Lyft is using data collected from drivers on its ride-hailing app to improve simulation testing as well as to create 3D maps and understand human driving patterns.
The Level 5 program is taking data from select vehicles from Lyft’s Express Drive program, which offers rental cars and SUVs to drivers on its platform as an alternative to options such as long-term leasing.