Waymo, Google’s already famous autonomous car project, is looking more and more like a prime contender in the new race of bringing to market a fully autonomous vehicle.
According to recent reports, the company has found yet another major partner after FCA and Honda – ride-sharing service Lyft. They will strive to introduce a fleet of self-driving trial cars, first in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, and afterwards they will reach “more people, in more places.” Waymo is at odds with Lyft’s biggest rival – Uber – as the former has called the latter in court over allegations of stealing its self-driving LiDAR technology. “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,” commented a Lyft representative in a statement.
Since April, Waymo has been recruiting Phoenix residents to partake in the company’s trials of self-driving technology on public roads. Acting just like any other ride-sharing service, Waymo will be using no less than 600 specially designed Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids, as well as some older Lexus RX450 hybrids from the days when they were testing as Google. “As an early rider, you’ll be able to use our self-driving cars to go places you frequent every day, from work, to school, to the movies and more,” commented Waymo then. “Then, you’ll be able to share your thoughts and experiences with our team to help shape the future of how our self-driving cars will work.”