Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project, has confirmed a partnership with ride-hailing company Lyft.
The collaboration, first reported by the New York Times, will see the partners work together on self-driving products and explore ways to use Lyft’s experience to expand the reach of Waymo’s self-driving technology.
“We’re looking forward to working with Lyft to explore new self-driving products that will make our roads safer and transportation more accessible,” said a Waymo spokesperson in a statement.
“Lyft’s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo’s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places.”
Waymo recently announced that it is expanding its self-driving car fleet and seeking volunteers to take part in an early rider programme in Phoenix, Arizona.
Elsewhere, a federal judge in San Francisco today ruled that Lyft competitor Uber must return a number of stolen files relating to self-driving cars to Waymo, according to Reuters.
The ongoing court case follows allegations by the self-driving car firm that former employees, including Anthony Levandowski, who ended up heading up Uber’s self-driving technology unit, took part in “a concerted plan to steal Waymo’s trade secrets and intellectual property”.