Ford to integrate autonomous cars with Lyft network
|CTVnews 28 Sep 2017 at 04:07|
DETROIT -- Ford is working to integrate its autonomous cars with Lyft s ride-hailing software so someday Ford can carry Lyft passengers.
The two companies will link their software in a partnership announced Wednesday.
At first human-driven cars from Ford will carry Lyft passengers. The automaker plans to connect its self-driving test cars to Lyft s network. But they won t carry passengers until they re fully tested. The companies didn t give a time frame for integrating services.
Ford says it expects the Lyft partnership to accelerate its self-driving car efforts. The company has said it wants to develop a fully driverless vehicle by 2021.
In July Lyft announced it would open its network to other companies for self-driving car research. Lyft also has partnerships with Google s Waymo autonomous car unit and General Motors.