Ford and Lyft team up to put driverless cars on the road – Los Angeles Times

Ford will begin testing self-driving cars on ride-hailing company Lyft’s network with human drivers at the wheel for backup, the companies said late Tuesday.

Ford also plans to test self-driving cars on the Lyft network with no human in the driver’s seat. It said that part will be just a research project for the time being.

“We don’t, however, plan to put customers in them until we are certain our technology delivers a positive, reassuring experience where we can gain meaningful feedback,” Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification, said in a Medium post. That will happen, he said, “when ready.”

No date was offered. Ford has plans to put passenger-carrying driverless cars on the road by 2021.

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