Lyft is partnering with Waymo to launch robo-taxis in Arizona
- Waymo's self-driving cars will soon be available to Lyft customers in Phoenix, Arizona, the company said Tuesday.
- The cars are fully autonomous, according to Waymo, but they'll still employ safety drivers to take over if there are any hiccups during rides.
- The announcement was made in conjunction with Lyft's first quarter earnings report.
The partnership comes four months after Waymo, the Alphabet subsidiary, launched Waymo One, its first commercial ride-hailing product in the Arizona city. The cars are fully autonomous, the company says, but still employ safety drivers to take over if there are any hiccups during rides.In the next few months, Lyft customers will be able to select a Waymo vehicle directly in the app, Waymo's chief executive said in a Medium post announcing the news.
"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," Waymo CEO John Krafcik said in the post.
"We're committed to continuously improving our customer experience, and our partnership with Lyft will also give our teams the opportunity to collect valuable feedback."
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