U.S. ride services company Lyft and Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo have launched a self-driving vehicle partnership. Fred Katayama reports.
U.S. ride services company Lyft is partnering up with Google's self-driving car unit Waymo. Lyft said in a statement that the deal would speed up its vision for transportation. Waymo said the partnership would expand the access of its technology to more people. But neither company offered details of the agreement. Akshay Anand, analyst at Kelley Blue Book: (SOUNDBITE) AKSHAY ANAND, ANALYST, KELLEY BLUE BOOK, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "This is really Lyft's opportunity to take some limelight from Uber and really kind of tell everyone that they are serious about becoming the number one player in the space. From Waymo's perspective, it makes sense as well, because they're always trying to get their technologies and their autonomous in as many places as possible. And one of the big things for autonomous company, obviously, is getting to consumers. Lyft has that consumer base." Lyft is the number two ride service company in the United States, with a presence in about 300 cities. The biggest ride service firm by volume - Uber - is entrenched in a lawsuit with Waymo. A federal judge said Monday Uber must return stolen confidential files to Waymo.