Google’s self-driving car offshoot, Waymo, has entered a partnership with ride hailing service Lyft that will see both companies work together to bring self-driving car technology to market.
According to The New York Times, the partnership will see Lyft introduce self-driving car tech to its customers by way of pilot projects and product development efforts. Details on the deal, which was revealed to the NYT by anonymous sources and subsequently confirmed by Uber and Waymo, are minimal. Lyft has previously expressed a desire to link its drivers and passengers with partners within the transportation industry and is in partnership with General Motors to do so.
Similarly, Waymo is involved in a partnership with Fiat Chrysler to test its self-driving car hardware and software on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. The partnership started with Waymo ordering 100 of the electrified vans late last year before it ordered an additional 500 in April. The two companies are offering rides to the public in their self-driving cars in Phoenix, allowing consumers to get acclimated with the technology.
In a prepared statement, a Lyft spokesperson said Waymo “holds today’s best self-driving technology, and collaborating with them will accelerate our shared vision of improving lives with the world’s best transportation.”
Waymo also provided a statement on the partnership to the NYT.
“Lyft’s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo’s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places,” a spokesperson said.