Lyft hopes that by working with other AVSC members, it will create safety standards that reassure the public, much as airbags and seat belts did. “We believe in self-driving tech because it can save ten million lives a decade globally by reducing drunk driving and avoidable accidents,” the company wrote.
Lyft thinks it can make a valuable contribution to the group, thanks to insights gained from the millions of rides per day on its platform. The fact that it will be working with arch-rival Uber is a good sign that self-driving companies are finally willing to cooperate for the common good. “We can’t afford to just look at this like a horse race — with companies working alone, racing to the finish line and rushing out tech,” Lyft wrote. “Not when human lives are at risk.”