Lyft Approved To Test Self-Driving Technology On California State Public Roads

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Lyft approved to test self-drivingLyft has finally been approved to test its self-driving technology on California state public roads. Have you noticed how an industry moves uniformly with the news?

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) approved  the testing. The company announced early this year that its development center was working on its own autonomous vehicle (AV) technology with automakers and other partners.

While Uber takes to the sky, Lyft has been more or less kept away from the negative image the former received. Lyft has become the underdog fighting for the shared-riding industry as many have vowed to not use Uber anymore.

We can’t help but wonder how Lyft and Uber drivers feel about this turn of event. They must know by now they are working themselves out of a job. AV will replace their moonshining for many. Perhaps, individuals will be able to buy AVs and offer their service to Lyft and Uber, trickling down profits to the owners. But if the current disgruntled state is anything to judge from, drivers of either company wholeheartedly admit that it is tough making a living off of those companies.

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Obviously, the gist of the news is that Lyft sounds like is ready to start testing its AV technology on public roads soon. The company previously announced partnerships and pilot projects.

Lyft is not alone here. Uber also plans to do the same as well as rival Waymo, and a few automakers, such as  Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Ford are hot on the pursuit.

With autonomous cars trickling out of automakers and Tesla having taken the lead years ago, it will be interesting to see how Lyft plans on differentiating itself from others. Uber already ordered AV cars from Volvo but Waymo made a $1B investment in Lyft — something that is surely turning a few gray hair in Uber’s boardrooms. In the meantime, Ford is also partnering with Lyft and its IPO is set to raise another record in this industry.

OK, you get the gist. Lyft is riding the Uber scandal stormy waters well and we wonder if we can still call it an underdog.

Overall, Lyft is playing its cards well and pragmatically. The California DMV giving the company its OK for autonomous cars on its road is yet another step in the right direction.

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Nicolas Zart

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"

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