By Paul Lienert
The driverless vehicles will be provided by Motional, a joint venture between Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co and auto supplier Aptiv Plc, and will be based on a Hyundai platform.
They join Waymo, a unit of tech titan Alphabet Inc, which operates a commercial robotaxi service in Phoenix. Lyft previously has deployed Waymo’s driverless vehicles in its Phoenix ride-sharing network.
Lyft and Motional did not specify which cities they will serve first or say how many driverless vehicles will be deployed.
Two other robotaxi developers, Cruise and Argo, continue to test self-driving vehicles in several U.S. cities but have yet to launch commercial services.
Cruise is majority-owned by General Motors Co with Japan’s Honda Motor Co as a minority shareholder. Argo’s two principal shareholders are Ford Motor Co and Germany’s Volkswagen AG.
Aurora, which is working to develop self-driving trucks, cars and delivery vehicles, will collaborate with Uber to launch self-driving vehicles on Uber’s ride hailing and food delivery network.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Matthew Lewis)