Aptiv recently received permission to use its driverless cars to pick up and drop off a select group of passengers at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
This driverless airport transportation pilot program will help the company develop a production-ready Level 4 autonomous driving platform, which is slated for release in 2022, according to a news release. It also will enable those working on the project to learn more about robo taxi use and deployment, helping to optimize transportation in and out of the airport. These driverless rides are not yet available to the public.
“Data has shown that a significant portion of ride-hailing demand comes from passengers traveling to and from airports,” said Karl Iagnemma, president of Aptiv Autonomous Mobility, according to the release. “We look forward to working with McCarran International Airport to demonstrate that self-driving cars can soon improve their customers’ mobility experience.”
Aptiv driverless cars aren’t just making trips to the airport. The vehicles have traveled to more than 3,400 destinations in Vegas, including hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and the Las Vegas Convention Center. The vehicles also can be found in Boston, Singapore and Pittsburgh.
Aptiv entered into an autonomous driving joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group last September, and upon closing, that venture will take control of operations in Vegas, including this pilot program.