Ford Motor Co. (F - Get Report) announced plans to partner with ride-hailing app Lyft, which is partially owned by Ford rival General Motors Co. (GM - Get Report) , to make self-driving cars the norm for the masses.
Ford's plan is two-fold: First, Ford will offer human-operated vehicles to drivers on Lyft's network to test its platform interface and ensure compatibility. Eventually, Ford will make its own autonomous vehicles available to Lyft customers, Ford's VP of autonomous vehicles and electrification Sherif Markaby wrote in a post on Medium Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Markaby clarified that no Lyft customers will ride in self-driving cars until Ford is "certain" the technology delivers a "positive, reassuring experience." The self-driving models will supplement Lyft's existing fleet during times of significant demand.
"Our developer teams already are working together, programming our systems so they can communicate with one another," Markaby wrote. "The goal is that customers using Lyft won't notice any difference in their experience."
Ford stock traded up 0.42% to $11.98 premarket Wednesday.
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