Ride-sharing company Lyft has announced its intention to collaborate with Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Goolge parent Alphabet Inc., to "safely and responsibly launch self-driving vehicle pilots."
The announcement comes as Waymo accuses Uber of stealing trade secrets from the company to take advantage of the accused ride-sharing company's self-driving automation development.
In a statement by Lyft's representative, "collaborating with them will accelerate our shared vision of improving lives with the world's best transportation."
Meanwhile, a Waymo representative said the company is "looking forward to working with Lyft to explore new self-driving products that will make our roads safer and transportation more accessible."
U.S. District Judge William Alsup denied Uber's request to move the Waymo case to private settlement, and has passed the lawsuit to U.S. attorneys for further investigation.
The lawsuit pertains to Anthony Levandowski, a Google engineer who is accused of stealing trade secrets from his work at Waymo. He worked at Google's self-driving car division, now known as Waymo, prior to his employment at Uber, which acquired Levandowski's self-driving truck start-up, Otto, which according to Alphabet was a way to help Uber get its hands on Google's self-driving secrets.
Since then, Levandowski has led Uber's ambition to develop self-driving vehicles.
Las April, Uber announced that Levandowski would step down from his vital role in leading the self-driving car division, but he still remains heavily involved in the company's day-to-day activities.
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