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Lyft Launches Its Own Self-Driving Vehicle Division

Introducing Level 5 and Our Self-Driving Team

By Luc Vincent, VP – Engineering, Lyft

San Francisco, CA (July 21, 2017) – For a long time, we at Lyft have shared our plan to help end car ownership in order to usher in a transportation revolution that improves our communities and quality of life. To do so we need to build an ecosystem that offers a variety of ride types, including both rides with drivers as well as rides from self-driving vehicles.

Today, we’re excited to announce the next stage of our plan to make this hybrid ecosystem a reality. Lyft is opening its own self-driving division, which is developing an open self-driving system (open SDS).

This news builds on the announcement we made earlier this year, when we created the world’s first open self-driving platform. Lyft’s self-driving vehicles will operate on that network, alongside vehicles introduced by Lyft partners. In the years ahead, we will continue to bring the world’s leading automotive and technology companies onto this single platform to serve a nationwide passenger network. And together, we will continue to drive toward a single, shared objective: to build the world’s best transportation ecosystem.

To be clear, we aren’t thinking of our self-driving division as a side project. It’s core to our business. That’s why 10% of our engineers are already focused on developing self-driving technology — and we’ll continue to grow that team in the months ahead. Their efforts will be housed in a brand-new development facility in Palo Alto, which we are calling the Level 5 Engineering Center.

We believe Lyft is in the best position to demonstrate what a great overall user experience can be. Lyft is also uniquely positioned to build technology in collaboration with partners in a way that makes it possible to roll out self-driving cars at scale in the fastest, safest, most efficient way.

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About Lyft

Based in San Francisco, California, Lyft is a transportation network company which develops, markets and operates the Lyft car transportation mobile app. Learn more at www.lyft.com.

Source: Lyft