Below is our recent interview with Eric Smith, from Lyft:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: Lyft was founded in 2012 and is one of the largest transportation networks in the United States and Canada. As the world shifts away from car ownership to transportation-as-a-service, Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change. Our transportation network brings together rideshare, bikes, scooters, car rentals and transit all in one app. We are singularly driven by our mission: to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: Lyft’s network is the key to commercializing self-driving technology as this partnership brings together three major pieces of the puzzle to deploy AVs at scale: a major automaker, a self-driving technology company, and a rideshare network. Lyft is the only rideshare network with multiple AV deployment deals in North America.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: As part of this deal, Argo AI and Ford will deploy Ford self-driving cars, with safety drivers, on the Lyft network, with passenger rides beginning in Miami later this year and in Austin starting in 2022