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Ride-sharing pioneer Lyft has introduced a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles on its Las Vegas network in partnership with global mobility technology specialist Aptiv.

The vehicles will operate on Aptiv’s autonomous driving platform and be made available to the public. 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.

The two companies said this partnership is a multi-year agreement and a clear step toward generating revenue for Aptiv’s autonomous driving business.

Kevin Clark, Aptiv president and chief executive officer, said: “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.

“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.”

The combination of Aptiv’s autonomous driving technology and Lyft’s ride-hailing app was originally trialled in Las Vegas during CES 2018, a major technology event.

That initial pilot provided more than 400 self-driving rides to the public and earned an average customer rating of 4.99 out of five stars. Like the CES program, each vehicle will have a safety driver to monitor autonomous systems.