Lyft Joins Race towards Autonomous Vehicles
Uber has dominated Lyft in the efforts to bring autonomous vehicles to ride-hailing services, but Lyft’s new partnership signifies a shift in this arena.
Lyft has partnered with nuTonomy, a self-driving car start-up, with the end goal of eventually bringing nuTonomy’s autonomous vehicles to Lyft’s ride-hailing network. Lyft has also been confirmed to partner with Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project, as well.
Lyft’s approach to self-driving vehicles is different from Uber’s. It does not have teams of engineers developing technology for autonomous driving. [Lyft’s Chief Executive] Mr. Green described how Lyft instead plans to be involved in multiple partnerships, whether with self-driving software developers like nuTonomy, or with automakers like General Motors, a major Lyft investor.
The autonomous car movement is in its nascent stages, but by partnering with ridesharing companies like Lyft, it is one step closer to becoming an everyday reality.
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