Silicon-valley strengthens its focus on self-driving technologies, as Waymo and Lyft have announced a partnership with the purpose of pursuing the goal of bringing autonomous vehicle technology into the mainstream.
The New York Times has reported that the deal between Lyft, the ride-hailing tech platform, and Waymo, subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), will be focused on pilot projects and product development efforts.
According to the report, the deal was confirmed by both parties. “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 Lyft spokeswoman said in a statement.
A Waymo spokesman said, “Lyft’s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo’s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places.”
This announcement is another hit for Uber, the popular competitor of Lyft. Waymo and Uber are currently undergoing a court case in which Google is accusing former employee, engineer Anthony Levandowski, of illegally taking about 14,000 files on autonomous technology from Google before leaving to join Uber. MarketWatch reported that on Monday, a U.S. judge ordered Levandowski step down from Uber’s self-driving.