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Waymo and Lyft partner to scale self-driving robotaxi service in Phoenix

Waymo is partnering with Lyft to bring self-driving vehicles onto the ride-hailing network in Phoenix as the company ramps up its commercial robotaxi service.

Waymo will add 10 of its self-driving vehicles on Lyft platform over the next few months, according to CEO John Krafcik. Once Waymo vehicles are on the platform, Lyft users in the area will have the option to

select a Waymo directly from the Lyft app for eligible rides.

“This first step in our partnership will allow us to introduce the Waymo Driver to Lyft users, enabling them to take what for many will be their first ride in a self-driving vehicle,” Krafcik said in a blog posted Tuesday.

The companies didn’t provide further details about the partnership, but it appears to be similiar to Lyft’s relationship with Aptiv, the U.S. auto supplier and self-driving software company. Under that partnership, Aptiv’s self-driving vehicles operate on Lyft’s ride-hailing platform in Las Vegas. As of April 2019, the vehicles had provided more than 40,000 paid autonomous rides in Las Vegas via the Lyft app.
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