American ride-sharing app goes all-in on Amazon Web Services

Lyft wants to accelerate self-driving technologies in the cloud

American ride-sharing app goes all-in on Amazon Web Services. Source: shutterstock.com

Amazon Web Services announced that Lyft is going all-in on its cloud — to enhance Lyft’s ridesharing marketplace which is available to an estimated 95% of the U.S. population, as well as in select Canadian cities, drive growth of its bike and scooters businesses, and enable its self-driving technology.

Since its inception, Lyft has leveraged AWS’s performance and scalability to power its on-demand transportation platform, which facilitates more than 50 million rides a month. Lyft runs its operations, which provides a multimodal platform for drivers and riders in the U.S. and Canada, as well as backend platform systems, financial applications, and website on AWS. The company is leveraging the breadth and depth of AWS’s services, including database, serverless, machine learning, and analytics, to automate and enhance on-demand, multimodal transportation for riders and drive innovation in its autonomous vehicles business.

Lyft is also looking to leverage machine learning services such as Amazon SageMaker to help provide fare estimates, enable fraud detection, and optimize pick-up and drop-off spots, to achieve its goal of building a cost-effective and reliable self-driving system for ridesharing.

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