Pittsburgh’s self-driving startup Argo AI is partnering with Ford Motor Co. and ride-hail company Lyft to offer robotaxi service in Miami by the end of the year and in Austin in 2022.
Initially, the Ford Escape hybrids will have a safety driver and Lyft users will be able to choose whether they want a self-driving vehicle.
Argo AI will gather data from the rides to improve its service. In exchange, Lyft will receive a 2.5% stake in the company. Ford will fuel, service and clean the robotaxi fleets under the partnership.
“This collaboration marks the first time all the pieces of the autonomous vehicle puzzle have come together this way,“ Lyft Co-founder and CEO Logan Green said in a statement.