Silicon Valley’s two most prominent players in the ride-hailing industry, Waymo and Lyft agreed to work together on the autonomous car.
Google’s parent company Alphabet’s concern, Waymo and Lyft teamed up to work more intensively on the self-driving car project. In fact, The New York Times reported the two companies have confirmed the news.
Waymo and Lyft to outmuscle Uber
The partnership may strike and outmuscle Uber from the competition. Additionally, for Uber, it might be a warning as Uber and Waymo landed on a legal battle lately. Moreover, such deal puts Uber in an uncomfortable situation while it faces problems in terms of workplace and other legal issues.
However, the companies didn’t say anything about the outcome of the partnership. Nonetheless, the fruit of the agreement will probably bring change in the ride hailing industry. Google’s autonomous car project has an experience of about a decade. For Uber, Waymo is one of the toughest competitors in the self-driving car sector. On the other hand, Lyft and Uber are two bitter rivals. As a matter of fact, Lyft comes second in U.S.A. while Uber is the first in terms of competition.
Reliable sources familiar with the deal told Washington Post, “We can confirm that we are partnering with Waymo to safely and responsibly launch self-driving vehicle pilots,” a Lyft spokeswoman said in an email. “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.”
After all, the deal seems more effective as Lyft has no plan to work on self-driving cars. It’ll facilitate Waymo to work more independently on the robotic car.