The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has included ride-hailing firm Lyft to the list of companies allowed to test the self-driving technology on the state’s public roads.

The approval comes after Lyft announced that it would work on its autonomous driving technology.

Autonomous Driving Technology Development Facility

Lyft established a 50,000-square-foot self-driving technology development center called “Level 5” in Palo Alto last July that will house several laboratories and testing spaces.

Now that it has a permit, TechCrunch said Lyft is expected to test self-driving vehicles on California roads soon.

Formulation of Autonomous Vehicles Testing Regulations

The DMV held two public workshops in 2013 that focused on developing regulations for testing of autonomous vehicles, the agency’s website stated.

After several processes, the autonomous vehicles testing regulations were adopted on May 19, 2014, and took effect on September 16 that same year.

Reports said Lyft had met with autonomous driving technology partners and discussed pilot projects that involve the operation of self-driving cars on Lyft.

Open Platform

Meanwhile, Lyft’s autonomous driving technology development center is developing an “open platform.”

With the platform, Lyft said: “The world’s best car manufacturers and self-driving systems can plug into our network of nearly one million rides per day.”

Access to a diverse set of real-life scenarios helps partners develop their systems around actual experiences and behaviors. Smart dispatching ensures the right vehicle is always dispatched for the right routes and conditions.”

Lyft also said it is committed to providing passengers “a state-of-the-art ride.”

Safety, experience, and quality are top of mind as we connect with leaders in the self-driving industry.”

What’s Next?

The DMV has now added Lyft to the growing number of companies that are embarking on autonomous driving technology. Do you think self-driving cars are safe?

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