Ford has just announced a partnership with Lyft which will see its autonomous vehicles deployed in the ride-hailing service’s platform by 2021.
In a recent post published on Medium, Ford vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, Sherif Marakby said the automaker will work alongside engineers from Lyft to allow its self-driving vehicles to seamlessly communicate with the Lyft app.
Ford says that initially, its self-driving vehicles won’t operate without a driver in the Lyft network until it is totally safe to do so. When the technology is perfected, Ford intends on having fully-autonomous vehicles offering rides to Lyft users.
“Think of it this way: Someday, when you open the Lyft app during a period of high demand, Ford and Lyft software will need to be capable of quickly dispatching a self-driving vehicle so that you can get to your destination as quickly and as safely as possible and that’s where our work with Lyft begins,” Marakby said.