Uber rival Lyft buys London start-up to boost driverless car plans

Lyft, the US taxi-hailing service that competes with Uber, has bought a London-based technology start-up as it pushes ahead with its driverless car plans.

The company has acquired Blue Vision Labs, a London-based company which specialises in mapping street layouts using car-mounted smartphones, and will open its first UK office.

Luc Vincent, Lyft’s head of autonomous technology, said the company can “crowdsource highly detailed 3D maps of entire cities using just car-mounted camera phones.

“These maps allow a car to understand exactly where it is, what’s around it, and what to do next, with centimetre-level accuracy.”