Aptiv announced the grand opening of its Las Vegas Technical Center. The facility joins Boston, Singapore, and Pittsburgh as one of Aptiv's major autonomous vehicle hubs. It is designed as a state-of-the-art, all-inclusive facility for vehicle operations, research and development, data management, and technology demonstration center.
The 130,000-square-foot facility showcases Aptiv’s autonomous mobility business. Most notably, Las Vegas is home to the company’s largest self-driving fleet—a portion of which is available to passengers through an ongoing partnership with Lyft, enabling visitors and residents to hail an Aptiv AV to and from locations throughout the city. Rides are priced at the standard Lyft rate.
“With more than one million autonomous miles logged globally, Aptiv’s commercial AV pilots have proven our ability to launch, build, and scale a successful, end-to-end autonomous mobility solution,” said Karl Iagnemma, President of Autonomous Mobility, Aptiv. “The investment in our Las Vegas Technical Center gives us the ability to further advance the efficiency of our operations, gather key commercial AV learnings, and enhance safety operator training. We are proud to be setting the stage for future deployments, as we expand to more passengers in more cities around the world.”
In other news involving Aptiv, Hertz announced that it and its fleet management subsidiary, Donlen, will provide management and operational services for Aptiv’s autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas.
The two companies will execute a phased approach to develop standard operating procedures for mobility-related AV fleets. The initial program, scheduled to launch this fall, is expected to further enhance and guide the implementation of similar programs in future markets.
"Our partnership with Hertz will allow us to operate and maintain autonomous fleets at scale—a critical element of the offering that our on-demand mobility customers will require," said Glen De Vos, Aptiv's Chief Technology Officer and President, Mobility and Services group. "This relationship is an important step in the broader journey for Aptiv, within the self-driving technology space."