You can now take a self-driving Lyft in Austin

Austin is the third city, alongside Miami and Las Vegas, where Lyft drivers can welcome autonomous driving.

AUSTIN, Texas – Getting around Austin is about to be a little different when you rideshare.

lyft now offers the option of a self-driving car for the same price as a regular ride. Austin is the third city, alongside Miami and Las Vegas, where Lyft drivers can welcome autonomous driving.

  • Use the Lyft mobile app as usual to pause a ride
  • When a Ford AV is available, drivers can select the option directly from the Lyft app without having to waitlist
  • When the vehicle arrives, the driver can unlock the doors via the app, start and enjoy their journey
  • Riders can even contact customer support through the Lyft app

Lyft isn’t the only ridesharing company putting autonomous vehicles on the road.

Cruise LLC — a self-driving ride-sharing company backed by Honda and General Motors — announced in early September that it plans to launch services in both Austin and Phoenix soon.

Last year, Ford, Lyft and Argo AI announced a partnership to bring a fleet of self-driving vehicles to Austin. The group now has about 20 self-driving cars on the streets of Austin, but for now they still have a testing specialist in the driver’s seat of each car.

According to the Austin Business Journal, Wyamo was the first company to test computer-controlled vehicles in Austin back in 2015.

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Laura Coffey

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