Lyft published its Approach to Autonomous Vehicle Safety, which outlines how the company plans to execute on its mission to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. All good. Very good, in fact. But…

Are you getting into an enclosed space that was previously (possibly seconds earlier) occupied by people you don’t know, who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and coughed and sneezed in the vehicle? How will fleet vehicles, especially driverless Level 5 AVs, clean themselves? UV light? Some antiviral spray? (If there is such a thing.)

I think it’s going to be tough enough to get people back into cabs, car services, and ride sharing/hailing services with live drivers. Making “clean and disinfected” AVs for fleets is going to present significant challenges. The good news: if they get it right, there may be hope for public restrooms.


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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit


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