Ford to integrate autonomous cars with Lyft network
Ford logo on display at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh, on Feb. 11, 2016. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:01AM EDT
DETROIT -- Ford is working to integrate its autonomous cars with Lyft's ride-hailing software so someday Ford can carry Lyft passengers.
The two companies will link their software in a partnership announced Wednesday.
At first human-driven cars from Ford will carry Lyft passengers. The automaker plans to connect its self-driving test cars to Lyft's network. But they won't carry passengers until they're fully tested. The companies didn't give a time frame for integrating services.
Ford says it expects the Lyft partnership to accelerate its self-driving car efforts. The company has said it wants to develop a fully driverless vehicle by 2021.
In July Lyft announced it would open its network to other companies for self-driving car research. Lyft also has partnerships with Google's Waymo autonomous car unit and General Motors.