California has already allowed several companies to test their self-driving cars on the state’s public roads and it has now added another to the list. Ride-sharing service Lyft has now been allowed to test its autonomous cars on public roads in California. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has permitted Lyft to carry out the tests. Some of you might be surprised to hear that Lyft is working in this space as well. The company actually set up a self-driving technology development center earlier this year.
Quite a few companies have been permitted by California to test their self-driving cars on public roads. These include Lyft rival Uber, Waymo, Tesla, Ford, and Mercedes Benz.
Given that Lyft now has a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads, it may not be long before it starts doing just that. Lyft’s self-driving ambitious aren’t secret. The company has talked about working with other autonomous technology providers and partners to bring cars that drive themselves on its platform.
The decision to obtain a permit to conduct the tests on its own also suggests that Lyft wants to play a bigger role in the development of the self-driving technology that it hopes will eventually be adopted for its platform.