July 20, 2017

Lyft shows just how serious it is about self-driving cars

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The ridesharing giant announced a research partnership with self-driving company nuTonomy Tuesday. Select Lyft customers in Boston will be able to order self-driving rides in nuTonomy vehicles in the coming months.

Lyft CEO Logan Green told reporters that the partnership’s first stage would focus on understanding the self-driving experience for passengers, but they’re planning for future stages that could lead to thousands of nuTonomy cars on Lyft’s network.

Green expects that autonomous vehicles will spur the exponential growth of ridesharing, from 0.25% of vehicles miles traveled, to over 80% in a couple of decades.

Lyft already has autonomous vehicle partnerships with General Motors and Waymo, the self-driving arm of Google’s parent company. But nuTonomy will have the honor of being the first to put autonomous vehicles on Lyft’s network. The partnership will […]

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