Ford has announced a new partnership with Lyft, a transportation networking company, in a significant step toward bringing self-driving vehicles to the masses.
Self-driving vehicles will have an impact on how people and goods will move more efficiently in the future.
The magnitude of that impact – and how quickly self-driving vehicles can benefit society – depends largely on businesses, government and the public working together. The partnership with Lyft will help both companies progress toward a more affordable, dependable and accessible transportation future.
Ford continues to make progress on developing self-driving technology – through its self-driving vehicle and Argo AI’s virtual driver system – simultaneously building the infrastructure and systems necessary to make it easier for people to access.
Lyft has a network of customers, growing demand for rides and strong knowledge of transportation flow within cities. Ford has experience with autonomous vehicle technology development and large scale manufacturing. Both companies have fleet management and big data experience. Combining the capabilities of Ford and Lyft will allow the effectively share information to help make the best decisions for the future for consumers.
Ford and Lyft will work together to explore:
How to create a technology platform that it can easily connect with a partner’s platform (such as Lyft’s) to effectively dispatch a self-driving vehicle
Which cities to work with to deliver a self-driving vehicle service based on shared data and information
The kind of infrastructure necessary to service and maintain a fleet of self-driving vehicles to maximise availability to consumers
The focus of the partnership is in building a service based around the actual needs and wants of people. Placing a high priority on safety and dependability to build consumer trust in the experience that self-driving technology will one day enable.