Partners Lyft and Ford are laying the groundwork for their no-driving greeting plans. Today companies announced the Ford one Argo AIThe powered cars will be available on Lyft’s network later this year in Miami, followed by Austin 2022. The move will allow passengers to choose Ford’s self-driving vehicle with a safety driver in those regions when booking a ride from the app. By 2026, Ford plans to add 1,000 of its driverless vehicles to Lyft’s fleet in multiple markets, a pact that companies are in the finalizing phase.
The deployment should provide a shot in the arm for Lyft’s autonomous ambitions to call for a ride. The company plans to get fully fleets that serve customers more American cities in 2023. But he failed last year when his driving partner Magna they decided to switch to driving assistance products instead. The decision reflected wider concerns in the industry about the nature of autonomous driving, which reduces revenues. In December, Uber decided to sell his Aurora actuator control unit as a belt-tightening maneuver.
Fortunately for Lyft, he has been closely associated with Ford – which is aggressively pursuing its own goals – since 2017. The partnership of the two companies was created thanks to Ford’s $ 1 billion investment in autonomous Argo AI car launch. Since then, the carmaker has been testing its driverless vehicle service Miami, Austin and Washington, DC
“Argo and Ford are currently piloting, mapping and preparing for commercial autonomous vehicle operations in more cities than any other [autonomous vehicle] collaboration, and this new agreement is a crucial step toward full commercial business – adding Lyft’s world-class transportation network, ”said Scott Griffith, CEO, Ford Autonomous Vehicles & Mobility Business.
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