Lyft has locked down a permit to test self-driving cars on California’s roads.
The permit, which was approved by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, will allow the company to further the development of its autonomous vehicle technology. Lyft recently entered a partnership with General Motors to offer self-driving car rides to customers in the San Francisco area. GM has been testing and developing autonomous hardware and software on specially prepared Chevrolet Bolt EVs through its Cruise Automation subsidiary since earlier this year.
Lyft is also in partnership with Ford to develop autonomous vehicles, along with Google’s Waymo self-driving car offshoot and start-up company Nutonomy. Like Uber, Lyft is highly interested in using autonomous cars to ferry its customers around cities – although the widespread implementation of such technology is still quite a long way out.
Lyft joins several other companies in receiving a permit to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in California. Its rival ride sharing app Uber has a permit, as does Apple, Samsung, Tesla, and Audi, among others.