Aptiv continues to entrench its self-driving operations in Las Vegas.
The global supplier on Monday opened a technical center in the city that will house its vehicle operations, data management, r&d efforts and a customer showroom under a single roof.
While Aptiv also maintains AV hubs in Pittsburgh, Boston and Singapore, the opening of the 130,000-square-foot building is the latest signal the company intends to make Las Vegas its flagship location. Aptiv is an offshoot of the former Delphi Automotive, which split into two suppliers, Delphi Technologies and Aptiv, in December 2017.
Through an ongoing partnership with ride-hailing service Lyft, the two companies have conducted autonomous commercial service in the city since May. The scope of that operation has quickly grown: They have offered about 25,000 autonomous rides so far to paying customers and now serve 1,600 locations throughout Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada.
All rides are still conducted with a human safety driver behind the wheel. Rides cost the standard Lyft rate.
Aptiv has 75 autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas, according to the company, 30 of which are dedicated to operating the commercial service. All vehicles in the commercial service are the BMW 5-series sedans the companies showcased during CES. As part of the commercial operations, the vehicles are carrying riders roughly 20 hours a day, seven days a week, according to a spokesperson.
"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 operation training," said Karl Iagnemma, president of Aptiv's autonomous mobility division.
Aptiv ranks No. 21 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $11.82 billion in 2017.