Aptiv is providing self-driving car rides to and from Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport to select passengers attending CES 2020, which is being held in Las Vegas Jan. 7-10.
Aptiv is already running pilot projects for self-driving vehicles in the city, including to more than 3,400 destinations such as restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues and the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"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.
Aptiv said it is the first to provide self-driving car rides from McCarran airport and the testing of the vehicles will help in the development of a production-ready Level 4 driving platform that the company plans to launch in 2022. The demo will also help Aptiv and McCarran learn more about robotaxi utilization and deployment, to optimize ground transportation in and out of the airport.
While the rides are not yet public, the pilot program will run at least through CES 2020 and joins Aptiv’s other ongoing projects in Boston, Singapore and Pittsburgh.
Aptiv joins a list of other companies offering autonomous car rides during the annual tradeshow, including Uber and Lyft, both of which have tested the technology during previous years.
Meanwhile, Aptiv also debuted its Smart Vehicle Architecture (SVA) designed to improve safety, increase vehicle efficiency and connect intelligently, at CES 2020.
The architecture is designed to handle increasing software and hardware complexity of automated vehicles as well as investments in electrification. The SVA is an open platform designed to meet safety and cybersecurity standards.