Magna, a mobility technology company and one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, and Lyft, North America’s fastest growing rideshare company, announced a multi-year collaboration in which the companies will jointly fund, develop, and manufacture self-driving systems. In addition, Magna will invest $200 million in Lyft equity. The establishment of this partnership is subject to regulatory approval.
Magna and Lyft will fund and develop self-driving systems. The co-developed self-driving systems can be deployed on the Lyft network as well as for the entire automotive industry. The partnership will benefit from data generated by the 5+ billion miles traveled per year on the Lyft network
In addition to funding the partnership, Magna to invest $200 million in Lyft.
This partnership is an industry-first and positions Magna and Lyft to enable the development and manufacturing of self-driving systems at scale. In addition to self-driving vehicles that will be deployed on Lyft’s own ridesharing network in the coming years, Magna has the ability to deploy the technologies across a wide-range of use cases to benefit the entire global mobility ecosystem.
“There is a new mobility landscape emerging and partnerships like this put us at the forefront of this change,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna Chief Technology Officer. “Lyft’s leadership in ridesharing and Magna’s automotive expertise makes this strategic partnership ideal to effect a positive change as a new transportation ecosystem unfolds.”
“Together with Magna, we will accelerate the introduction of self-driving vehicles by sharing our technology with automotive OEMs worldwide,” said Lyft CEO Logan Green. “This is an entirely new approach that will democratize access to this transformative technology.”
Partnership details include:
- Lyft will lead the co-development of the self-driving system at its Palo Alto-based self-driving engineering center.
- Magna will lead manufacturing and join Lyft’s development team onsite, contributing their vehicle systems knowledge, safety and ADAS expertise, and manufacturing capabilities.
- Lyft and Magna will share jointly created IP and utilize Lyft data to improve systems.
- Lyft will utilize Magna’s vast automotive experience for its fleet’s self-driving systems.
- This scalable technology is expected to be market-ready over the next few years and can be deployed across the industry through Magna.