Ford announced today that it will work with Lyft to deploy its self-driving cars on the ride-hail service’s platform by 2021.
But it’s bigger news than it seems for two reasons: it’s the first sign that Ford won’t be going it completely alone on autonomous driving; and it’s a possible wrinkle in the preexisting relationship between Lyft and Ford’s biggest rival, General Motors.
Photo: Ford “Think of it this way: Someday, when you open the Lyft app during a period of high demand, Ford and Lyft software will need to be capable of quickly dispatching a self-driving vehicle so that you can get to your destination as quickly and as safely as possible,” Ford’s VP for autonomous vehicles and electrification Sherif Marakby wrote today .
The emergence of self-driving cars, estimated to eventually be a $7 trillion industry , has spurred almost too many partnerships and collaborations among automakers, suppliers, and tech startups to count.
“We strongly believe that leaders across industries should work collaboratively to introduce self-driving technology in a way that positively impacts our cities,” Lyft said in a blog post .
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