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Magna partnering with Lyft on self driving vehicle systems

Will lead manufacturing and contribute knowledge in vehicle systems, safety and other areas.


AURORA, Ont. — Auto parts manufacturer Magna International says it has struck a multi-year collaboration with rideshare company Lyft to jointly fund, develop and manufacture self-driving systems at scale.

Aurora, Ont.-based Magna says the co-developed self-driving systems could be used on Lyft’s rideshare network as well as across the automotive industry.

The partners say Lyft will take the lead on developing the self-driving system at its engineering centre in Palo Alto, Calif., while Magna will lead manufacturing and contribute knowledge in vehicle systems, safety and other areas.

The companies say they will share jointly created intellectual property and use data from Lyft’s eight billion kilometres travelled per year on its network to improve the systems.

Magna says the scalable technology is expected to be market-ready over the next few years.

The company says that as part of the partnership, it will also invest US$200 million in Lyft equity, subject to regulatory approval.

 

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1 Comment » for Magna partnering with Lyft on self driving vehicle systems
  1. Panda says:

    I hope they will work better than the automatic answering systems. Will they brake for dogs and cats crossing the road? My uncle Eddie braked for a dog in Circleville, Ohio years ago and got tail ended by someone following too close on US 23 with a 55 mph speed limit. The other driver was really upset that we had kept from hitting the dog by applying the brakes. We really have some speedy drivers here in Maricopa, Az. The 347 has accidents nearly every day because of speeding. Another main road we travel here has a 50 mph speed limit which is ignored by 90% of the drivers. I set my cruise for 4 miles over the speed limit to keep from so many autos lining up behind me on this two lane bumpy road but still get passed by a third of them. I don’t think self driving cars will be able to maintain through every situation but it would be nice to just set the control for home and relax while it makes it’s way on that 65 mph 347 with over a hundred vehicles backed up at every traffic light.

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