Waymo’s Self-Driving Vans to Pick up Lyft Riders in Phoenix

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For now, only 10 cars will be available on Lyft’s app in few towns around Phoenix.

Mountain View-based self-driving technology company Waymo will now be picking up Lyft riders in Phoenix are very soon. Waymo will be adding its 10 self-driving vehicles onto Lyft’s platform over the next few months, says the company CEO John Krafcik. Once Waymo robotaxis are on the platform, Lyft users will be able to select Waymo rides directly from Lyft app for eligible riders. “This first step in our partnership will allow us to introduce the Waymo Driver to Lyft users, enabling them to take what for many will be their first ride in a self-driving vehicle,” said Krafcik.

On the outset, only 10 vehicles will be available on Lyft’s app in few towns around Phoenix. Lyft customers can select a ride in Waymo self-driving car through the company’s app. Furthermore, there will be safety drivers behind the wheel similar to the Alphabet’s commercial ride-hailing service Waymo One. Although there is a limited number of cars, it is a huge step forward in autonomous vehicles. Waymo has been mapping the streets of Phoenix for over two years and it has been seen as the best technology in operation today. Moreover, Waymo has been conservative when it is about giving rides in its self-driving minivans.

The riders need to sign a nondisclosure agreement before experiencing some of the company’s latest updates. The news came on the same day when Lyft announced its first quarterly report as a public company. The company says it lost around US$ 1.1 billion in the last quarter. The company says, its losses were compounded by costs associated with IPO; its revenue was US$ 776 million, which is double the amount from 2018. “We’re committed to continuously improving our customer experience, and our partnership with Lyft will also give our teams the opportunity to collect valuable feedback,” said Waymo CEO in a medium post.

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