Google Alphabet’s self-driving car company, Waymo, has signed a deal with ride-sharing service Lyft to develop new autonomous vehicle technologies.
Business Insider reports that the companies will work together on new self-driving products and pilot projects.
Waymo reportedly said in a statement, “We’re looking forward to working with Lyft to explore new self-driving products that will make our roads safer and transportation more accessible. Lyft’s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo’s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places.”
It adds that Lyft, a rival to Uber, the world’s biggest ride-hailing company, said it is partnering with Waymo to safely and responsibly launch self-driving vehicle pilots. “Waymo holds today’s best self-driving technology, and collaborating with them will accelerate our shared vision of improving lives with the world’s best transportation,” it said.
Waymo is currently in a lawsuit over Uber’s alleged use of stolen Waymo trade secrets to develop such technology.