Lyft, Waymo partnership could push Google self-driving tech to commercialization

Waymo LLC’s partnership with Lyft Inc. on self-driving cars is moving it one step closer to commercialization.

The partnership pushes Waymo’s self-driving technology, which experts say is among the best in the field, to a reality. On Lyft’s end, the partnership may bolster its position in the battle against rival Uber Technologies Inc., which is involved in a legal battle with Waymo.

Technology companies, car makers and ride-hailing companies have been increasingly partnering up in the race to create self-driving cars. Sometimes these partnerships can be seen a weakness, said Tasha Keeney, an industrial innovation analyst at ARK Investment Management, as it may show the program isn’t far along.

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