Aptiv has announced the launch of a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas on the Lyft ride-hail network.

It says the vehicles are a product of Aptiv's Mobility and Services group and will operate on Aptiv's 'fully-integrated autonomous driving platform and be made available to the public in partnership with Lyft'. On an opt-in basis, passengers will have the ability to hail a self-driving vehicle equipped with Aptiv technology to and from high-demand locations.

This partnership is a multi-year agreement between the two companies and Aptiv says it is a 'clear step toward generating revenue for Aptiv's autonomous driving business'. Both companies will leverage Aptiv's connected services capabilities and Lyft's ride-hailing experience to 'provide valuable insights on self-driving fleet operations and management'.

"With Aptiv's autonomous driving technology deployed throughout Las Vegas and broadly accessible through the Lyft app, a wide range of consumers will be able to share the experience of autonomous vehicles in a complex urban environment," said Kevin Clark, Aptiv president and chief executive officer. "More importantly, the resulting knowledge and data will allow us to further refine our autonomous driving capabilities and strengthen our portfolio of industry-leading active safety solutions."

This latest announcement follows the launch of the two companies' AV partnership with demo's in Las Vegas during CES 2018. That initial pilot provided more than 400 self-driving rides to the public. Like the CES program, vehicles will be operated by highly-trained safety drivers.

Aptiv autonomous vehicles on the Lyft network will be available to the general public in Las Vegas starting May 3.

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