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Driverless Ride Sharing Heats Up

The two largest players in the ride-sharing space both made big news this week as they prepare for a driverless future

First, Uber signed a non-binding agreement to purchase up to 24,000 Volvo XC90s equipped with self-driving functionality built in conjunction with Uber's Advanced Technologies Group. Prior to this announcement, Uber had been somewhat quiet recently in regards to their autonomous vehicles. This is evidence that this a high priority for Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. 

Uber's largest rival, Lyft, also made big news by receiving a permit to test self driving vehicles in California.  At this point we do not have details on how this permit will be used but the options are many for Lyft who has been very busy in the self-driving space this year. They have struck a research partnership with Waymo and have finalized deals with Ford and newer companies Nutonomy and Drive.ai.  

In securing their permit, Lyft becomes the 44th company to be awarded an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit in California. The full list can be viewed here and is listed below:

  • Volkswagen Group of America
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Waymo
  • Delphi Automotive
  • Tesla Motors
  • Bosch
  • Nissan
  • GM Cruise LLC
  • BMW
  • Honda
  • Ford
  • Zoox, Inc.
  • Drive.ai, Inc.
  • Faraday & Future Inc.
  • Baidu USA LLC
  • Wheego Electric Cars Inc.
  • Valeo North America, Inc.
  • NIO USA, Inc.
  • Telenav, Inc.
  • NVIDIA Corporation
  • AutoX Technologies Inc
  • Subaru
  • Udacity, Inc
  • Navya Inc.
  • Renovo.auto
  • UATC LLC (Uber)
  • PlusAi Inc
  • Nuro, Inc
  • CarOne LLC
  • Apple Inc.
  • Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation
  • Pony.AI
  • TuSimple
  • Jingchi Corp
  • SAIC Innovation Center, LLC
  • Almotive Inc
  • Aurora Innovation
  • Nullmax
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Continental Automotive Systems Inc
  • Voyage
  • CYNGN, Inc
  • Roadstar.Ai
  • Changan Automobile
  • Lyft, Inc.


Image credit: Volvo Cars

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