"These pilot programs bring Lyft one step closer to reaching its ultimate goal of a driverless future. In 2016, Lyft President John Zimmer predicted that autonomous vehicles will account for the majority of Lyft rides within five years. And getting real people to test the technology plays a major role in facilitating its wide-spread deployment, said Bryant Walker Smith, a Stanford Law School researcher and self-driving car expert.
“It’s a very important step, to invite the public into these vehicles,” he said. “People tend to feel more favorable about automated driving once they’ve experienced these types of demonstrations.”"