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Waymo partners with Lyft to offer driverless rides in metro Phoenix

PHOENIX – More metro Phoenix ride-share customers will soon have the option to go driverless.

Waymo on Tuesday announced plans for a partnership that will allow Lyft users to ride in its self-driving vehicles.

CEO John Krafcik said in a Medium post the new partnership will start with Waymo deploying 10 of its self-driving vehicles to Lyft over the next few months.

Riders using the Lyft app will be given the option of selecting a Waymo vehicle.

“We’re committed to continuously improving our customer experience, and our partnership with Lyft will also give our teams the opportunity to collect valuable feedback,” Krafcik wrote.

No details were provided about the service area or the cost of driverless rides through Lyft.

Waymo, which started out as Google’s self-driving car project, launched its own commercial driverless ride-hailing service in the East Valley six months ago.

That service, Waymo One, serves more than 1,000 riders, Krafcik wrote.

When Waymo One launched in December, it was available only to members of Waymo’s early-rider program and covered about 100 square miles in Chandler and surrounding areas.

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