Lyft is the ride-hailing company that was the second-biggest after Uber in the United States. Waymo’s experience in the self-driving technology allows combining their efforts to equip a car park with the newest technology that will make Uber probably shift to the second place in this technological race.
Despite Google is still having quite a large package of shares of Uber, seems like they became rivals without a turn. Due to some technical discrepancies in the visions of Google and Uber, David Drummond, the legal representative of Google in Uber’s directorial board through their subsidiary, Alphabet, has already stepped out of the Uber’s management. That was a result Waymo did not support Uber but faced their direct competitors.
Lyft is already working with General Motors Company that invested in this company when it was a rising startup. They the same work on autonomous technology with GM Co. Since Waymo has the best experience in the world in self-driving technology, according to their words, and they completely share the vision of Lyft, two companies made the mutual statement that said they loved to contribute to the process to accelerate the development of driverless technology to create the best world transportation technology.
Waymo is now holding a fleet of 600 Chrysler Pacificas, just recently expanding its fleet to that amount with 100 brand new cars.
The cooperation will allow two companies reach more people in the bigger number of cities – according to the opinion of both companies.
Despite the news, companies don’t unveil the details of their future work – we don’t know what product will they produce or when a public will have the tangible result of their fruitful cooperation. What is known is that Lyft has plans to connect drivers with passengers and will also test Chevrolet Bolt with GM’s active participation in the upcoming years. Waymo has the similar goals, as they want to test self-driving cars on the public roads, the same as Lyft, only using vehicles of the other car manufacturers.
Waymo has also been working with Honda Motor Co. to deliver their technology to Japan.
Analysts of the self-driving-cars market make prognosis this will be a multi-billion industry. Now it is already fragmented in the segments and niches – some companies produce software, the others – hardware, third ones – vehicles, fourth ones – make components and so on. And, on this rapidly growing market, some players want to outmuscle the others, forming fluid-natured alliances to reach their goals in all terms: short, mid, and long. This is one of the examples.
They also fight Uber in the courts. Thus, it turned out that Waymo sues Uber saying that a technical director that left off Waymo and joined Uber has stolen from his previous hirers to contribute to Uber’s technologies development. The hearings resulted in the absence of desire to settle this issue down in the pre-trial mode and now the companies are expecting to meet in a court.