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The California Department of Motor Vehicles has awarded ride-hailing firm Lyft a permit to test autonomous cars on the state’s public roads, according to the department’s website.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Lyft in September announced plans to provide a self-driving car option to customers in the Bay Area. The company has forged collaborations with a number of leaders in autonomous vehicle technology, including Waymo, Ford and Nutonomy.
Lyft’s main competitor, Uber, secured its own California permit to test self-driving cars in March. A total of 45 companies have been issued such permits.