On Sept. 18, 2016, USA Today reported that in five years a Lyft ride-sharing car will be driving itself. John Zimmer who is the president and cofounder of Lyft made the prediction in a long Medium-Blog post titled, “The Third Transportation Revolution: Lyft’s Vision for the Next Ten Years and Beyond.”
The blog describes Ford’s commitment to building a self-driving car by 2021. It also describes countless other start-ups such as Comma.ai and Drive.ai. The start-ups are designed to automate automobiles that will exist by 2021.
Lyft’s rival, Uber, has already made a large step toward the innovation of the self-driving car market. The company began picking up riders in Pittsburg last week. The company uses a small fleet of autonomous cars in the Pittsburg area.
The Pennsylvania metropolis is also home to Uber’s self-driving car facility for research and development of autonomous cars. The car company is also working with Volvo to develop autonomous car technology.
Despite lingering questions about the Uber ride service profitability, Uber has earned $12 million to date. The company has earned a total of $66 billion.
Written by John A. Federico
Edited by Cathy Milne
USA Today: Lyft co-founder says self-driving dominates in 2021
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