For a self-driving future, it’s not just the tech we need to get right

Self-driving vehicles have the potential to improve safety and reshape cities to transport people more efficiently. But to reach that future, we have work to do. Public and private stakeholders, including rideshare companies, public transit operators and local, state and federal governments must work together to create consistent industry regulations and streamline the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Early on, Lyft was on the front lines, working with local, state and federal regulators to introduce ridesharing to cities and towns across the country — many of which were governed by a patchwork of rules.

For example, when Lyft introduced the Amp, a light-up device that better connects riders to their corresponding vehicle, its deployment was delayed in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. because regulations in Virginia did not align with those of Maryland and DC, and rides often span across the region.