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Lyft driverless cars hit 5,000 rides in Las Vegas

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John F. Martin for Aptive

An Aptiv-Lyft vehicle with autonomous technology drives on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

Lyft driverless cars have provided more than 5,000 rides to passengers on the Las Vegas Strip since May.

The ride-hailing giant and technology company Apitv outfitted a fleet of BMWs with autonomous navigation technology, testing the cars on fixed routes on the Strip.

“Lyft is the largest network currently deploying a commercial self-driving program to the public,” Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s chief strategy officer, said in a statement.

After a weeklong demonstration of the technology during the CES electronics show in January, Lyft launched a pilot program in May with a fleet of 30 cars.

Aptiv is gathering data on how the cars react to unpredictable scenarios, which is being used to improve the company’s systems. A human safety driver is in the cars at all times.

Customer response has been positive so far, with 96 percent of riders saying they would take an autonomous Lyft ride in the future, the company said.