Google, Lyft teaming up on self-driving car project

Google, Lyft teaming up on self-driving car project
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Google’s self-driving car company has reached a deal to work with Lyft on autonomous vehicle technology, the companies said Monday.

The partnership, which was first reported by The New York Times, comes as the race heats up to get driverless cars on the road.

“We’re looking forward to working with Lyft to explore new self-driving products that will make our roads safer and transportation more accessible,” said a spokesman for Waymo, Google’s driverless car company.


“Lyft’s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo’s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places.”

Rival ride-hailing firm Uber has been making significant headway in the driverless car space and has already begun testing self-driving vehicles on U.S. roads.

But the embattled startup has also been facing a string of controversies over the past few months, including a lawsuit from Waymo that alleges a former Google employee stole autonomous vehicle sensor technology before founding a now Uber-owned driverless truck company.

The partnership between Google and Lyft could give both companies an edge in the driverless car competition. Google was one of the first leaders in autonomous vehicle technology, while Lyft has been gaining ground as a ride-hailing service, though it still lags behind Uber.