Waymo and Lyft team up to work together on Self-driving car tech


Waymo, Google Alphabet’s self-driving car company, is teaming up with Uber’s competitor Lyft to develop self-driving car tech. The two companies confirmed their partnership to New York Times, providing little detail regarding what exactly the partnership entails and what they will be working on.

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Waymo Self-Driving Car

The ever-changing Self-Driving Car landscape! 

Waymo and Lyft have a common competitor in Uber, and that is a strong reason for them to partner together (today). That, of course, doesn’t mean that Waymo doesn’t harbor plans for its own ride-hailing service. The startup currently offers an  Early Rider program for the residents of Phoenix metropolitan area, Azirona, USA to try their self-driving cars and provide the Waymo team with feedback.

Interestingly, Google filed for a patent that details how Self-Driving Cars will determine pick-up and drop locations. The patent was filed back in 2015 when Waymo didn’t exist, so it’s highly possible that it belongs to Waymo today.

The partnership with Lyft is a step towards bringing its Self-Driving car tech to the market sooner for Waymo and potentially for a deal down the lane with General Motors, which is a major investor in Lyft.

It’s going to be interesting to understand the details of the deal, as more information emerges but the Self-Driving car landscape is changing every day! Interesting times!

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