By Tina Bellon
AUSTIN, United States (Reuters) – Autonomous driving technology startup Argo AI said on Tuesday it is testing vehicles that transport its employees through the streets of the U.S. cities of Miami and Austin.
Argo, backed by Ford and Volkswagen, has been testing robot taxis on public roads in cities for a few years, but previously included safety drivers behind the wheel.
“Argo is the first to be driverless in two major North American cities, operating safely among heavy traffic, pedestrians and cyclists in the busiest neighborhoods,” Argo AI Chief Executive Bryan Salesky said in a statement.
The company allows transport, delivery and logistics companies to integrate their autonomous vehicles into their operations.
A spokeswoman for Argo AI said commuter app Lyft and Walmart are running pilot programs integrating the technology.
“Our driverless operations are initially focused on driving employee trips using our in-house developed test app,” the spokeswoman said. “We will integrate driverless technology into business operations at the appropriate time.”