Magna, Lyft part­ner­ship makes head­way

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Magna, a mo­bil­ity tech­nol­ogy com­pany and one of the world’s largest au­to­mo­tive sup­pli­ers, de­liv­ered an up­date on its in­dus­try-first multi-year col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lyft, at the 2019 North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Detroit.

The part­ner­ship’s team of nearly 300 engi­neers is co-de­vel­op­ing a scal­able Au­tonomous Soft­ware Stack and Kit Hard­ware. In its first year of col­lab­o­ra­tion, the team has crossed sev­eral mile­stones in­clud­ing the com­ple­tion of pub­lic road test­ing. That test­ing in­cluded a pub­lic au­tonomous ride-shar­ing pilot with Level 5 ve­hi­cles for Lyft em­ploy­ees. This road test trav­eled the route be­tween the Level 5 fa­cil­ity in Palo Alto and a Cal­train Sta­tion in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The real-time map­ping sce­nar­ios and data lever­aged dur­ing this ini­tial pilot has al­ready pro­vided the team with valu­able in­sights as they con­tinue to pre­pare the tech­nol­ogy for broader test­ing sit­u­a­tions. “We have found a for­mula that works and it is busi­ness-first part­ner­ships like our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lyft that will play a key role on the road to a new trans­porta­tion ecosys­tem,” said Swamy Ko­ta­giri, Magna Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer. “By jointly fund­ing, de­vel­op­ing, and man­u­fac­tur­ing au­tonomous ve­hi­cles, we are democratis­ing and ac­cel­er­at­ing au­tonomous ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment.”

Magna and Lyft jointly share cre­ated IP and uti­lize Lyft data to im­prove sys­tems. In ad­di­tion to self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles that will be de­ployed on Lyft’s own rideshar­ing net­work in the com­ing years, Magna has the abil­ity to de­ploy the tech­nolo­gies across a wide-range of use cases to ben­e­fit the en­tire global mo­bil­ity ecosys­tem.

“Lyft’s net­work com­bined with Magna’s au­to­mo­tive ex­per­tise has helped us reach ma­jor mile­stones on an ag­gres­sive time­line, which ul­ti­mately helps us bring the tech­nol­ogy to mar­ket faster,” said Lyft Chief Strat­egy Of­fi­cer Raj Kapoor. “We look for­ward to our con­tin­ued part­ner­ship with Magna and what’s to come in 2019.”

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