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Lyft expands driverless car service in Las Vegas

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The future of travel is in the valley and rideshare company Lyft has made strides by using new technology.

Lyft’s new program is like like a page ripped out of a science fiction movie. When passengers open the app on their phones to order a ride, they may see a new option: the self-driving car.

“For me, it’s like, I don’t know,” Nayeli Ficio, a tourist visiting from San Francisco said. “It shocked me. I didn’t know that was like an option.”

The autonomous cars were first introduced during CES in Jan. when Lyft partnered with a motor company called Aptiv. During that test run, Lyft offered 400 rides in autonomous cars for the week. The company received an average 4.99 rating out of 5 with the autonomous cars and decided to expand. In May, they began the pilot program that's been available this week. 

However, the option to take a driverless car isn’t available everywhere in the valley. According to Lyft, it depends where the riders are.

Officials from Lyft said most of the high-demand locations for self-driving rides are on the Strip. People on the Strip Monday had mixed reactions to the possibility of taking a self-driving car.

“It depends if it’s safe,” Kevin Francis, a tourist visiting from Houston said. “Because I like my life, but then again, that’s kind of cool to have a car that’s driving on its own. I’ve never seen that personally.”

“It feels like it would be strange,” Kelly Kaufman, a tourist visiting from Nebraska said. “I’d be curious to know how the car would be, how it would look.”

Each self-driving car has a human operator inside it, just in case, for safety reasons. During the Vegas live autonomous car program, Lyft announced plans to have a fleet of 30 of the self-driving cars by the end of the year. 

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