Uber is trying to build its own autonomous vehicle business, but it’s not just about the rides, according to the company’s CEO Travis Kalanick.
Lyft is taking the ride-hailing game to the next level by using the UberX platform.
The company is offering a $10,000 bonus for drivers with Lyft credentials, and it has begun offering free rides to drivers with UberX.
Kalanicky said that Lyft drivers would not be able to drive for Uber, but UberX drivers could be the ones taking UberX passengers.
Uber will be able use these rides to cover costs, he said.
It’s not clear how Uber will monetize the rides.
Kalinick said the rides would be “an opportunity to get people to go into a different realm of commerce.”
But he did not say how Uber plans to pay for the rides — Uber could have a partnership with a company like Lyft, or it could make the rides free.
Lyft and Uber have a long history of working together, including when Uber launched its own self-driving vehicle service in 2012.
Kalalek said that the two companies were already “doing something very innovative.”
Lyft has partnered with several other car companies including Ford, Toyota, Honda, and BMW.
In December, Lyft announced that it was partnering with Lyft to test a new ride-sharing service called Uber for Business.
The rides could be a way for Lyft drivers to earn cash, though Uber says it has no plans to use the money for marketing or promotions.
Lyft’s CEO, Liane Hornsey, said in a statement that Lyft is excited to partner with Uber, and the ride sharing service is a “first step toward a fully self-sustaining transportation network.”
“We believe Uber and Lyft can help to transform the way people travel, whether it’s by enabling people to take Uber or Lyft, and by providing a safe, reliable, and efficient alternative to cars, planes, trains, or ships,” Hornsey said.
Lyft has been working on a self-serve ride-share service called Lyft Fusion, but the company has yet to announce an official name for the service.