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Ford And Lyft Partner to Bring Self-Driving Cars to Public Roads

Ford And Lyft Partner to Bring Self-Driving Cars to Public Roads”

'We're not building prototypes for the sake of building prototypes, ' Mr Marakby said, adding Ford intends to ultimately put thousands of self-driving vehicles in use.

GM is also assembling the assets necessary to launch its own ride services using self-driving cars, building its Maven car-sharing unit and preparing to launch mass production of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt electric cars at a factory in suburban Detroit.

But Marakby said Ford wasn't viewing the opportunity as "a race to be first", and instead wanted to focus on establishing a service "based around actual people's needs and wants", prioritising safety and dependability.

In a step towards having driverless taxis on roads, Lyft has joined forces with Ford to deploy self-driving vehicles in "large numbers" by 2021. In a post on Medium, Ford's VP of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification Sherif Marakby explained that the Blue Oval chose the Pink Mustache to help build out the infrastructure that will connect customers with its autonomous transport service once it's ready. The Lyft partnership fills in a piece of the puzzle. For Ford, that's large-scale manufacturing and development of autonomous vehicles technology, which its partner Argo AI is now working on.

Recently recognized as top of the industry when it comes to self-driving cars, Ford said recently that it is committed to working with partners to bring its vehicles to market in ways that actually help consumers.

GM has a 9 per cent stake in Lyft, acquired for $500 million in January 2016.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had earlier received a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California.

At that time, South Korean officials said the company planned to use the auto to develop a self-driving vehicle algorithm that could drive in adverse weather. Plans are well underway to make it a reality. Earlier this year, the company closed its $8 billion purchase of vehicle audio maker Harman International Industries, giving it a wide foot print in so-called connected auto technologies.



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