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>> Two prominent Silicon Valley players accelerating the race to develop self driving cars. US ride service, Lyft and Google self driving car unit, Waymo announcing they're partnering for an autonomous car program. Allowing both to more aggressively target dominant ride sharing service Uber, which has been ramping up its self-driving car efforts.
Waymo, which boasts some of the most advanced self-driving technology, has been looking for partners to reach more people. Lyft fit the bill with ride services offered in about 300 US cities. Lyft, however, saying the deal is non-exclusive, allowing it continue its self-driving partnership with General Motors, a Lyft investor.
Meanwhile, Waymo and Uber are fighting bitterly in court over self-driving technology Waymo says was stolen by a former employee who later founded a company that was acquired by Uber.