Lyft’s recent association with American Startup Drive.ai has perhaps paved way for more opportunities for the Transportation Network Company. The company’s priority is to bring its fleet of semi-autonomous cars to the Bay Area by the end of this year. Lyft riders will then be able to, summon a car that drives by itself part of the time. Although, a driver will still be present to take over in situations where the software can’t read the terrain or the during the presence of pedestrians.
In addition to building out its own self-driving software, Lyft has also created an open platform that is available to automakers and software companies. While it is certainly a development for Lyft, this by no means is an indication that fully autonomous cars will be available anytime soon. The industry is still in its test phase.