Lyft says robots will drive most of its cars in five years


Lyft — trying to keep up with its longtime ride-hailing competitor Uber, which just rolled out a self-driving pilot in Pittsburgh — is being more explicit about what company president John Zimmer has dubbed the “third transportation revolution.”

Zimmer laid out that plan in a Medium post published today, titled “The Third Transportation Revolution: Lyft’s Vision for the Next Ten Years and Beyond.”

In the post, he described efforts to roll out self-driving cars in three phases, the first of which will likely be available by 2017. In that phase, semi-autonomous cars will be made available to Lyft users, but will only drive along fixed routes that the technology is guaranteed to be able to navigate.

This plan comes after nearly a year after Lyft began its foray into the future of transportation in January 2016 — General Motors invested $500 million in the company in exchange for a 10 percent stake and an agreement to build a network of self-driving cars together.

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