Miami Will Be The Launch City For Lyft’s Self-Driving Cars Later This Year

Miami will be the first city in the U.S. to have driverless Lyft cars, the company announced today.

Lyft customers in Miami will have the option of ordering a self-driving car beginning later in 2021.

Argo AI, Lyft and Ford Motor Company are collaborating on the new service.

Driverless cars by Argo AI and Ford have been on Miami’s roads for years now, after the companies decided that the city would make an ideal base to test their systems.

Ford said that it has now established a “robust presence” in Miami to support a commercial fleet of autonomous cars, including including fueling, servicing and cleaning operations.

The service won’t replace cars with drivers in the near future. The autonomous cars will be limited to defined areas, and the companies say they have plans for a minimum of 1,000 autonomous cars nationwide over the next five years. Of those, 100 will be in Miami initially.

After Miami, Austin will be next to get self-driving Lyft cars, in early 2022.

 

(photo: Phillip Pessar)

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Anonymous
15 days ago

I guess they can’t drive themselves worse than Miami drivers do…

Anonymous
15 days ago

lol…

NYC Transplant
15 days ago

Will they be tuned so they sound like an overwrought Harley? That seems to be popular here in Miami. Just one more thing for poorly-driven supercars to be crashed into. 😉

Anonymous
15 days ago

Some of them will do willies like some people do in South Beach 🏖

Anonymous
14 days ago

They are putting a “bad driver algorithm” in select cars. You will be able to identify them from non-existent turn signals, they will block the intersections during rush hour, and will have a “I Am Miami-Dade” parking sticker.

Anonymous
15 days ago

How am I gonna swear at the driver now???

Anonymous
15 days ago

say brackets and then the insert your insult

Anonymous
15 days ago

Well, look at it this way, you can do all the swearing you want and not hurt any feelings…

Anonymous
15 days ago

Enough with cars! We need world class public transportation! We are so backward!!

Anonymous
15 days ago

I was a Lyft driver, people who literally live next to a metromover station are requesting rides to go near a drop off next to antihero metromover station. Even MTA ridership is down, people want to use rideshare. unless local governments make metro station non-pick up or drop off zones people will keep requesting Uber’s where public transit could of taken them there.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Maybe we need better public transit then

Anonymous
15 days ago

i literally explain before still prefer rider share if the option is there.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Probably those same people are the ones complaining they can’t pay their student loans. Why spend money on Lyft when you can take the free mover or better yet walk. Unless one is traveling from the Omni area to Brickell, walking is usually faster.

Anonymous
15 days ago

i thought the same when I was doing lyft, theyre paying far more when they could catch a bus or even walk sometimes. Plus with the surges I was making $30 a hour so im sure their rider fares were high.

Anonymous
13 days ago

“Why spend money on Lyft when you can take the free mover or better yet walk.”
If your job/value creation mechanism involves talking on the phone, then walking is better than the MetroMover.
#1. Talking on the phone inside a car (Lyft or MetroMover car) is rude. I dont like to be rude. I like to be considerate of other people’s space and quiet enjoyment. When you step into a Lyft, you can ask the driver if he minds…they rarely do, and often they are on the phone too!.
#2. There are too many up/down….loudspeaker announcements, homeless people, shady people, losers who are looking for an unattended wallet, or a distracted person on the phone when you ride public transit. The Metromover is a wildcard.
#3. The stations are hot, stinky, and the cars are rarely a comfortable temperature, either blowing wicked cold air, or not enough air at all.
#4. The Metromover is nowhere near Six Sigma….they stop/get stuck/fail about 1 in 10 trips.

Anonymous
13 days ago

^ Boy, you sure expect a lot from a free mass transit system…

Anonymous
14 days ago

I was lyft driver too miami and ny. Hundreds of requests for two block away rides in miami. And not in rainy days. You don’t believe it if you don’t see it.

Anonymous
14 days ago

idk why people are downvoting our comments, its the truth people rather than lyft or uber, even during november when its cool outside

Anonymous
15 days ago

People favor private transport, whether it drives them or whether they drive it. If you want to sit on top of some mumbling degenerate catching his Covid or whatever on a train or bus or shared wheeled beer can than that’s you. Most would rather take a world class Honda or Toyota or BMW.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Like the old Temptations song said – “run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide…”

Anonymous
14 days ago

Lol, you must be boomer to know an old song like that

Anonymous
13 days ago

Lol, you must be an 18yr old tasteless music listener of someone like Katy Perry?

Living off A1A
15 days ago

Ford & Lyft have nothing to do with the Banana Republic of Miami-Dade’s backwards-thinking government. The local municipalities have NOT done their jobs–so the private industry is picking up the slack. And for that we will all pay a hell of a lot more to get from point-A to point-B. if they could be dedicated to the First/Last Miles of a Mass Transit Trip, like DART (Dallas) is doing… then it makes sense. But don’t blame Ford for the fact that MDT can’t get a train system built in 40-years!

Anonymous
15 days ago

absolutely the truth….40 years !!!…and even a half cent tax in place for decades to go to increase transit that instead was vaporized elsewhere…and no one accountable

Anonymous
14 days ago

No WE don’t.
You go follow the signs were the central planners tell you to go, you take the stairs to your Metromover, and go where the central planners tell you to go, then stand next to the knucklehead playing bad music from his phone speaker.

I will have my driver whisk me directly from point A to point B.

I’ll pay for mine, you pay for yours.

Anonymous
13 days ago

As they say, shit in one hand and wish in the other… see which gets filled first

Anonymous
15 days ago

Great, now we can have sex while getting a ride on Lyft!

Anonymous
15 days ago

Gives a new meaning to the word “lift”

Anonymous
15 days ago

Anything is better than Miami drivers

Anonymous
15 days ago

No, i don’t think this is a good idea. Call me a caveman, but unmanned autonomous vehicles is not a good idea. Bad for safety, working class jobs, and an entire sifi horror waiting to happen.

Anonymous
13 days ago

“unmanned autonomous vehicles is not a good idea”
Essentially, that is what the Metromover is.
The theory is that someone is in a “command center” watching the Metromover cars on a screen, but nearly everytime it breaks down and I pick up the in car phone…they (eventually) answer the line to learn something new.
“Hello….hello…”
“Wawh whawh wuh Waugh wuh wahwah”
“Ummm…yes, the Metromover abruptly stopped over the Miami River and old people have fallen crackheads in their laps”
“whawh wuh Waugh wuh wahwah?”
“Ahh..we are stuck. It’s the Brickell Loop…stopped between the north and south banks of the riv–”
“whawh wuh waugh wuh wahwah”
“No major injuries, but can you get this thing going or send help?
SILENCE -disconnected
“Ummm….okay…thanks”

Anonymous
15 days ago

I drove for Lyft and unless the rider is monitoring the map and walking to the designated pick up area it wouldn’t work. Also these cars will be remarkably dirty inside.

Anonymous
15 days ago

I just wonder how much does it cost when a person orders one of these “driverless” Lyft cars?

NYC Transplant
15 days ago

That last bit is probably going to be the one that conforms to the “law of unintended consequences.” Sadly, people behave even more badly than usual when there isn’t someone there to keep them in line. I guess if you have passenger cams monitored remotely that could help. Might need to be able to terminate a ride or lock the passengers in for more severe violations. These issues will certainly arise in short order.

Anonymous
15 days ago

No jobs are safe from the robots.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Or from immigrants under cutting wages

Anonymous
15 days ago

RACIST!

Anonymous
15 days ago

Why are people down voting the truth, literally HB1 is taking around high pay jobs.

Anonymous
15 days ago

It’s a deliberate attempt to depress the wage scale. Both H1-B at the higher end and open borders at the lower end of the wage scale. Microeconomics 101.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Heyyy.. I got cousins sneaking across those borders…

– Member Of The MiamiDade Proud Boys Chapter

Anonymous
14 days ago

What borders ? The southern border is wide open to the trafficking of fentanyl, ilegal aliens and the drug cartels.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Don’t forget bringing in the Wuhan Virus

Anonymous
14 days ago

yeah these leftist rather complain and not acknowledge the reasons.

Anonymous
14 days ago

^ And your ex-president Trump would rather lie about who is gonna pay for his wall rather than acknowledge the truth about getting the funding.

Anonymous
13 days ago

“And your ex-president Trump would rather lie about who is gonna pay for his wall rather than acknowledge the truth about getting the funding.”

Please no more commentary on politics until you start and finish 3 books.

Mac
14 days ago

Because they are blinded by left social fascism.

Anonymous
14 days ago

^ lol… “blinded by left social fascism”

I bet you went to public schools and called the police on somebody in this country?

Market Urbanist
15 days ago

Facts

Anonymous
15 days ago

Makes you wonder what is going to happen to all those people who “do the jobs you don’t want to” when they become obsolete.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Economies constantly evolve and new jobs are created. Look how much a tractor can accomplish what used to take hundreds of field workers

Anonymous
15 days ago

Yall keep using the past but this is automation that could literally do everything.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Stop complaining people they will have a safety driver and will only work in certain areas they have been testing the past few years. I think they were only testing in city of Miami district 2 and miami beach.

Anonymous
15 days ago

This will go great.

Anonymous
15 days ago

have you ever been behind one of these yet?….as bad if not worse than current morons

Anonymous
15 days ago

Weeeee
Miami Winning.
Bring the air taxis/Uber’s next.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Ah well the people drive worse here so. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Anonymous
15 days ago

Try testing in Kendall or Broward County. The car will be wrecked in fifteen minutes.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Aww feel bad for all those lyft drivers when they all get fired.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Here we are, Miami will the beginner….This will be the first step into a major revolution that is going to affect the whole world. Drivers will loose their jobs and millions will be enforce to find new jobs. The problem is that bottom jobs will be less and less in the next few years. It is unstoppable. Let’s be prepare!!!!

Anonymous
14 days ago

Right! Open the borders to unskilled labor coming illegally, and make it painful for skilled immigrants working through the legal process.

Anonymous
14 days ago

RIP to all lyft drivers

Anonymous
14 days ago

I’m assuming they’ll be in slower traffic city areas like downtown. I can’t imagine these cars driving themselves west down Kendall Drive in the middle of rush hour with all the crazed drivers trying to pass it.

Harold Josue Obando
14 days ago

Its the future. Why a toyota 1998 corolla. Put some cool s..t.

Anonymous
14 days ago

They will still have a person in the car to make sure things go well.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Hope they stop for jade walkers ! 😊