Technology company Aptiv is trialing self-driving cars to see if they can safely and reliably pick up travelers at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport.
The company is using autonomous vehicles — at first — to primarily serve the Las Vegas-based company’s employees and visitors to its facilities.
“Data has shown that a significant portion of ride-hailing demand comes from passengers travelling to and from airports,” said Karl Iagnemma, president, Aptiv Autonomous Mobility.
“We look forward to working with McCarran International Airport to demonstrate that self-driving cars can soon improve their customers’ mobility experience.”
The trial will be a part of Aptiv’s effort to deliver a production-ready autonomous driving system by 2022. The airport awarded the contract to Aptiv to test the potential of future deployment.
Aptiv currently uses self-drive vehicles on the streets of Las Vegas, including the Vegas Strip, claiming to connect more than 3,400 hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and Las Vegas Convention Center. The company also has a fleet in operation in Boston, Singapore and Pittsburgh.
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