Lyft and Boston-based startup NuTonomy are forming the latest combination in a constellation of self-driving car partnerships. The two companies claim their joint effort could pave the way for the commercialization of autonomous ride sharing.
“We see a future where car ownership is optional,” Lyft CEO and co-founder Logan Green said during a conference call announcing the partnership. While the joint effort will initially focus on research, Green said it could ramp up to “thousands of NuTonomy cars on the Lyft platform” at some future point. He also said Lyft expects ride sharing to account for 80 percent of vehicle miles traveled in “a couple of decades,” with autonomous vehicles as the driving force behind that trend.
While Lyft already has an existing partnership with Waymo and close ties to General Motors (which is also developing autonomous cars ), the company claims NuTonomy’s small fleet of prototypes will be the first self-driving cars connected to its ride-sharing app.
At some point in the next few months, Lyft customers will be able to hail the NuTonomy self-driving cars that began roaming the streets of Boston earlier this year . The cars are currently confined to certain parts of Boston’s Seaport and Fort Point […]