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Lyft And Ford Join Forces To Deploy Self-Driving Cars

By Brian Spaen

If you're more likely to be a passenger than a driver but you still want to get in on the self-driving action, fear not: Ford just announced that they'll be working with Lyft to deploy self-driving cars. Similar to their partnership with Domino's Pizza that may invigorate the food delivery process, ridesharing may just be the next frontier for autonomous cars. As ride-hailing services continue to grow, this move may be what keeps Lyft ahead of the game. While you can't hop into a driverless Lyft just yet, this news suggests that Ford will certainly be working with Lyft in their movement toward autonomous driving.

Interestingly,Lyft seems to be fully on board with self-driving after announcing the birth of their new autonomous division in California. While the company isn’t going to be making vehicles themselves, they’re bringing in a wealthy amount of talent to help them out. Prior to teaming up with Ford, Lyft announced that they would be collaborating with General Motors, Jaguar, and Waymo.

Sherif Marakby, Ford’s Vice President of Autonomous Vehicle and Electrification, posted a blog on how the partnership would increase both parties’ capabilities to share information: “Lyft has a network of customers, growing demand for rides and strong knowledge of transportation flow within cities. We have experience with autonomous vehicle technology development and large scale manufacturing. Both companies have fleet management and big data experience.”