Thanks to ride-hailing and ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber, getting a ride to wherever you’re going has become a lot easier, whereas in the past you would pretty much only have taxis to rely on (assuming buses and trains aren’t your thing). However imagine a future where such cars are roaming the streets autonomously waiting to pickup a passenger, wouldn’t that be neat?
For those who are looking forward to such a future, it seems that it could be a possibility thanks to Lyft and Waymo who have recently agreed to collaborate on self-driving cars. In a statement by a Lyft spokeswoman, “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.”
A Waymo spokesman also made a statement which reads, “Lyft’s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo’s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places.” Note that this isn’t the first time Lyft is interested in the technology as in the past, they have made a similar deal with GM.
Presumably having more companies to work with should help speed up the overall process, but then again apart from the technical hurdles, there are also regulatory and legal hurdles to clear before self-driving cars can become more mainstream.