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Ford and Lyft Are Teaming Up to Take Self-Driving Cars Mainstream

October 2, 2017

Ford Lyft Partnership
Ford & Lyft Partnership

Self-driving vehicles will have a huge impact on how people and goods will move more efficiently in the future. But the magnitude of that impact — and how quickly self-driving vehicles can benefit society — will largely depend on businesses, government and the public working together.

Recently, Ford announcing a significant step toward bringing self-driving vehicles to the masses thanks to a new partnership with Lyft that will help both companies progress toward a more affordable, dependable and accessible transportation future.

Lyft has an existing network of customers, growing demand for rides and strong knowledge of transportation flow within cities, whereas Ford have experience with autonomous vehicle technology development and large-scale manufacturing which makes for the perfect alliance.

Ford and Lyft will work together to create a technology union that can easily connect with each other’s platform to effectively dispatch a self-driving vehicle.

Sherif Marakby, Ford Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification had the following to say:

“With our combined capabilities, we believe we can effectively share information to help make the best decisions for the future. Some view the opportunity with self-driving vehicles as a race to be first. But we are focusing our efforts on building a service based around actual people’s needs and wants. We are placing a high priority on safety and dependability so customers will trust the experience that our self-driving technology will one day enable.”

Someday, when you open the Lyft app during a period of high demand, Ford and Lyft software will be capable of quickly dispatching a self-driving vehicle so that you can get to your destination as quickly and as safely as possible. The future sounds exciting doesn’t it!

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