Lyft’s The Vehicle Self-Service Unit resumed testing on public roads in California a few months after the suspension of operations under the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Level 5 Lift program said on Tuesday that some of its autonomous vehicles are returning to Palo Alto and on its closed test track. The company did not resume the pilot program, which provided trips to Lyft employees in Palo Alto.
The company said it was following CDC’s guidelines for personal protective equipment and surface cleaning. He also took some additional security measures to prevent the spread of COVID. According to company representatives, each autonomous test vehicle is equipped with partitions to separate the two safety operators. Operators must wear protective shields and undergo temperature checks. They are also joined together for two weeks at a time.
The Lyft Level 5 program – a tribute to the SAE automatic driving level, which means that the vehicle handles all traffic in all conditions – was launched in July 2017, but did not begin testing on public roads in California until November 2018. Lyft stepped up the test program and its fleet. By the end of 2019, Lyft had four times more autonomous miles per quarter than six months ago.
In 2019, Lyft conducted 19 trials of autonomous vehicles on public roads in California, according to the California Department of Transportation, the main agency that regulates statewide AV. The 19 cars that ran during the reporting period from December 2018 to November 2019 drove nearly 43,000 offline miles, according to the Lyft annual report published in February. Although this is a small figure compared to other companies such as Argo AI, Cruise and Waymo, it reflects progress in the program.
Lyft supplemented his road trials with simulation, a strategy he relied heavily on during COVID outages. And this is likely to continue to rely on simulation, even when local governments remove restrictions and the economy reopens.
Simulation is a cost-effective way to create additional control, repeatability and security, according to blog post released on Tuesday by Robert Morgan, director of design, and Samir Qureshi, director of product management at level 5. The couple said the simulation also allowed the level 5 unit to test their work without vehicles, without employees leaving their desks, and during the last several years. months without leaving home. Level 5 employs more than 400 people in London, Munich and the USA.
Using simulation in the development of autonomous vehicle technology is a recognized tool in the industry. Lyft’s approach to data, which he uses to improve modeling, distinguishes the company from its competitors. Lyft uses data received from drivers in his application for cycling, to improve simulation tests, as well as build 3D maps and understand the patterns of driving a person.
The tier 5 program receives data on some vehicles from the Lyft Express Drive program, which provides drivers on their platform with car and SUV rental as an alternative to options such as long-term leasing.